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About Study Course

Credit points / ECTS:2 / 3
Course supervisor:Agita Lūse
Study type:Full time
Course level:Master's
Target audience:Information and Communication Science
Branch of science:Communication Sciences


To acquaint students with disability as a phenomenon that reveals the values, goals, attitudes and communication practices of particular societies and their groups, including perceptions of inter-generational relationships, gender relations, the norm and deviance, social justice, care and independence.


Knowledge of qualitative social research methods.

Learning outcomes


• Knowledge and understanding of theoretical models of disability explanation.
• Knowledge of the main legislation governing the rights of people with disability internationally and in Latvia.
• Knowledge and understanding of the directions of disability research in sociology, anthropology, bioethics, history and other branches.


• Analyse and discuss in a reasoned way historically changing disability policy guidelines, including in the light of international and national legislation.
• Analyse, explain, evaluate and compare country-specific disability policies from the point of view of the self-defined needs and interests of people with disabilities, including from a personal narrative point of view.
• Critically reflect on methodology to be used in social studies on people affected by disability.


• Critically evaluate media representation of people affected by disability and their groups.
• Develop business-like and inclusive communication with associations and organisations protecting people with disabilities and their interests.
• Provide an understanding and knowledge-based policy document and policy assessment, as well as put forward proposals and suggestions for tackling problems.

Study course planning

Planning period:Year 2021, Autumn semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Health Communication, VKM3Master’sLimited choiceAgita Lūse, Baiba Baikovska