Cross-Cultural Issues in Special Education Needs and Disabilities

Professional Education, Dubai campus


21 September 2020 – 22 January 2021

Course Type
Continuing professional development
20 credit hours
9,675 AED 
Dr Sarah Benson
Module Code11 31650 

Our Cross-Cultural Issues in Special Education Needs and Disabilities will enable you to gain an understanding of trends and trajectories in the development of SEND and inclusive education, as well as serve as a survey of disability studies and education from an international perspective.

You will be supported to undertake critical analysis of cross-cultural dimensions of SEND and inclusive education, with particular attention to your own context in Dubai. You will also examine the potential of ‘interventions’ that have a cross-cultural basis (eg in disability studies, philosophy and the arts) to stimulate inclusive policy and practice. The focus of assignments, discussions and readings will be on:

  • Comparative analysis of trends and trajectories in SEND and inclusive education
  • Analysis of cross-cultural dimensions of SEND and inclusive education as they impact Dubai
  • History and theory of disability studies, inclusive education and SEN across cultures and contexts

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate comparative knowledge and understanding of different histories, trends and trajectories in the development of disability studies, SEND and inclusive education
  • demonstrate an understanding cross-cultural dimensions of SEND and inclusive education, including those in your own context.
  • critically analyse the relationship between cross-cultural issues and the development of your professional identity and practice.

Why study with us?

This professional development qualification is taught at the Master’s level, and is a full term university module. The University of Birmingham is a global top 100 University and the School of Education is ranked in the top 40 in the world, 12 in Europe and 9 in the UK (QS World Rankings 2020).

Our staff are world-leading researchers in their subject areas and are backed by leading research institutes such as the Autism Center for Education and Research (ACER) and the Vision Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research. This ensures that the curriculum is informed by current research practice and knowledge, and that it adopts approaches to learning that support the research ethos.

If all three core Inclusion and Special Educational Needs modules are completed, you will exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Inclusion and Special Educational Needs.

Who should attend?

Classroom and certified teachers looking to gain insight and greater knowledge on how to become more inclusive or move into the newly created roles in the KHDA Framework, Leaders of Provision, Inclusion Champions or Governors. Current leaders of provision and special education needs coordinators looking to engage in scholarship in their subject area. Career switchers who are curious about pursuing their new career in education but not yet ready to commit and policy-makers who would like to expand their knowledge.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for this programme are expected to have an undergraduate degree and relevant professional experience, training, or other qualifications and experience deemed suitable for entry onto this programme. The minimum undergraduate degree result must be at least a 2:1 or equivalent (GPA 3.0/4.0; or 75%).

You will need to demonstrate that you have a fluent level of written and spoken English. You can demonstrate your level of English with IELTS or alternative qualifications (TOEFL, PTE, Cambridge English). The minimum IELTS score for consideration is 6.5, with a 7.5 and above preferred.

Alternative English Language qualifications

For those joining us for 2020, we will accept the following tests as evidence of English language proficiency:

  • TOEFL “At Home” Test
  • Duolingo English Test
  • Password English
  • Chinese College English Test (CET-6) (please note that this must be accompanied by at least a 6 week Pre-sessional English programme)

To apply for a single module please complete this application form and quote the module code 11 31650 

Learning and Teaching

Your lectures and seminars at the University of Birmingham’s Dubai campus will include:

  • Two teaching weekends at the beginning and end of term
  • Supported evening seminars
  • Engaging online platform

There will be a practical final assessment based on University Masters’ level criteria.