SRC935 - Introduction to Rehabilitation, History and Values

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Subject Title
Introduction to Rehabilitation, History and Values

Subject Description
This subject provides a general introduction to the field of rehabilitation, placing emphasis on its historical and philosophical underpinnings. Students explore societal values and trends and rehabilitation practices, policies and principles within the context of past and present political climates. The phases of the rehabilitation process are introduced and the role for advocacy and consumerism are also discussed.

Credit Status
One credit in the Seneca Rehabilitation Program

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Discuss the philosophical and historical development of the rehabilitation profession;

2. Identify past and current paradigm shifts within the field of rehabilitation, including the role of vocational rehabilitation and the rehabilitation professional;

3. Describe the evolving role of advocacy, consumer rights, societal and workplace attitudes, ethics and diversity issues, including cultural and socioeconomic changes, in rehabilitation;

4. Explain the various phases of the rehabilitation process and develop specific action plans using case studies.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


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Topic Outline

  • Historical Perspective
  • Rehabilitation Practices and changes through history
  • Policies and Paradigm shifts
  • Advocacy and Consumer empowerment
  • Societal issues and trends
  • Attitudinal barriers and accessibility
  • Ethnicity
  • Diversity
  • The phases of the rehabilitation process

Mode of Instruction
In-class Learning:
A variety of teaching methods will be used including lectures, discussions, small group work.

Independent/Distance Learning:
This course will be delivered via the self-paced individualized learning method.  This may involve the use of a text, learner guide and consultation with your instructor either by telephone, e-mail, or mail.  Students will be responsible for completing all self-paced exercises outlined in the learner guide.  The time allotment for completion of the course is 20 weeks from the official start date.

Prescribed Texts
Stienstra, D., Wight-Felske, A. (Ed.). (2003).Making equality history: History of advocacy and persons with disabilities in Canada.
Concord, On: Captus Press.,  ISBN#978-1-55322-074-9

Hreceniuk, T. (2012). Introduction to rehabilitation, study guide history and values. Toronto, On: Seneca College

Reference Material
APA citation

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Students must retain a duplicate of all assignments.  Suggested timeline provided correspondence assignments must be handed in prior to the end date.  Late assignments may be subject to grade penalties.  A student must successfully complete all major segments of a subject in order to earn a passing grade.
Assignments are to be grammatically correct, and marks may be deducted for errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation.  It is expected that students have a sufficient command of the English language to express their thoughts clearly in their written work. 

All assignments must be cited.  Students are referred to the following web site for Seneca College library APA Style Guide for citation and Guide to Integrating Quotations (APA Style):

A student must obtain a passing grade (50% or higher) on the combined assignments and term work.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

In-class Learning and Distance Learning:

30% Midterm exam

30% Assignment

40% Final exam

Approved by: Lisa Somers