Graduate Diploma of Disability and Inclusion

2019 Deakin University Handbook

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2019 course information

Award granted Graduate Diploma of Disability and Inclusion
Course Map

This course map is for new students commencing from Trimester 1 2019

Course maps for commencement in previous years are available on the Course Maps webpage or please contact a Student Adviser.


Cloud (online)

Cloud CampusNo

2 years part time

Deakin course codeH608
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

This course is an exit point only from H708 Master of Disability and Inclusion

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Disability and Inclusion equips students with the academic knowledge they need to pursue professional work in the disability, health, and community sectors.

The course will help you to form a distinctive and contemporary understanding of disability. Drawing on research informed by disability and inclusion theory and practice, the Graduate Diploma of Disability and Inclusion also gives you the opportunity to learn from the lived experience of people with disability.

This graduate diploma comprises seven core single credit point units and one selective single credit point unit, and is designed to meet specialist education and training needs in the disability, human service and community workforce both locally and nationally. Graduates of this course are ideally placed to take advantage of the growth opportunities in these sectors as the National Disability Insurance Scheme is rolled out across Australia in 2016.

Indicative student workload

As a student in a Cloud (online) course in the Faculty of Health you will be expected to spend 8-10 hours every week studying, interacting via CloudDeakin and completing assessment tasks for each unit in your course.

Career opportunities

The Graduate Diploma of Disability and Inclusion is designed to meet specialist education and training needs in the disability, human service and community workforce locally and nationally, in particular in relation to the national roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Australia from 2016.

Mandatory student checks

There are no mandatory student checks required for this course.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit

Course Learning Outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

Apply advanced knowledge and skills in the area of Disability and Inclusion that includes evidence based theoretical approaches to policy, participation and social inclusion of people with Disabilities.


Communicate on disability and inclusion issues in an effective and coherent manner, mindful of the target audience using a range of modes.

Digital Literacy

Use digital technologies to source, use and disseminate ideas and information relevant to Disability and Inclusion to a range of audiences including people with disability.

Critical thinking

Critically analyse and evaluate evidence based policy and practice that create barriers and enablers to inclusion of people with disability.

Problem Solving

Apply advanced cognitive and creative skills to find solutions to complex real world problems experienced by people with disability.


Work and learn about disability and inclusion demonstrating a high level of personal responsibility, autonomy and professional judgement.


Contribute to the productive functioning of a multi-skilled team and build constructive relationships in learning and working with people with disability.

Global Citizenship

Demonstrate a high level of awareness and respect for diversity in line with contemporary human rights obligations and recognise and apply a strong ethical approach to disability research and practice.


Course rules

To complete the Graduate Diploma of Disability and Inclusion students must attain 8 credit points. Seven 1 credit point units are core units (these are compulsory) and choose 1 selective unit.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Course structure

Core units

Level 1 - Trimester 1

HAI010Academic Integrity (0 credit points)

HDS730Disability and Inclusion: Contemporary Theory and Lived Experience

HDS731Planning for Inclusion Across the Life Course

HDS736Disability Research - Inclusive Approaches

Plus 1 prescribed elective: 

HSH702Contemporary Health Issues and Policies

ADS701Introduction to International and Community Development

Level 1 - Trimester 2

HDS732Determinants of Health and Wellbeing in the Lives of People with Disability

HDS733Community Capacity Building - Theory and Practice for Inclusion

HDS734Inclusive Design and Technology

Plus 1 prescribed elective: 

EXE732Social Justice and Difference

HSH725Research Literacy for Health Practice

Level 2 - Trimester 1

EIE701Personalising Learning

Plus 1 selective unit - choose from list

Level 2 - Trimester 2

HDS734Inclusive Design and Technology

HDS735Inclusive Engagement: Advocacy and Participation


Selective units

Select one unit

ACG708Design Thinking and Problem Solving

HSH702Contemporary Health Issues and Policies

Other course information

Course duration - additional information

Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.