Independent Study in Disability Topics

Academic year
Subject Area
Special Educational Needs - Adapted Physical Activity
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
3rd Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites

Not applicable.

Teaching Methods

Face-to-face teaching method with lectures organized in a conference model. Students are encouraged to participate in the discussion and present their own ideas as well as to interact with the different actors of the teaching-learning process. Students are also encouraged through active learning to read summarized bibliographic resources, articles and book chapters, in a minimum of 15 articles in English (15x4 hours) and 5 articles in Portuguese (5x2 hours). It is assumed that an article in English requires 4 hours of reading and an article in Portuguese 2 hours.

Learning Outcomes

The course covers a wide range of issues associated with disability and related to sports and exercise, providing the student contact with different lines of research undertaken at the Faculty in order to develop their research curiosity, to increase their reflexivity and argumentation capacity as well as to develop the following skills:
[1] Critical thinking
[2] Formulation of research questions
[3] Transform a research question in to a research project
[4] Search and analyze, methodically, the bibliographical sources, using appropriate electronic tools
[5] Analyze and define methodologies
[6] Make choices in terms of data analysis and processing
[7] Present and discuss the results.

Work Placement(s)



As part of the course the following topics will be discussed:
[1] Adapted Sport as a vehicle for socialization and inclusion of people with disabilities

[2] Attitudes towards disability in contexts of Adapted Physical Activity

[3] Exercise and Mental Health: Determinants and psychological benefits associated to practice and evidence for the use of exercise as preventive and therapeutic tool

[4] Preparation for Paralympic Sport: What resources in terms of evaluation and monitoring?

[5] Evidence for the importance of doing sport in groups with disabilities

[6] Major psychological determinants in elite athletes with disabilities: Implications in terms of performance

[7] Anxiety and motivation in basketball players with and without disabilities.

Head Lecturer(s)

José Pedro Leitão Ferreira

Assessment Methods

Development of a systematic review: 100.0%


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