Diploma in Special Needs Studies - Courses

A-Mandatory Courses

Course Title Status Credits
Introduction to Special Needs Studies M 2
Methods of Assessment for Special Needs M 2
Inclusion M 2
The objective protection with special needs M 2
Intervention Strategies for Special Needs M 2
Social Empowerment for Special Needs M 2
The procedural protection of people with special needs M 2
Practicum M 2

B-Elective Courses

Course Title Status Credits
Behavioral Modification. E 2
Special Needs and Rehabilitation. E 2
Literacy and Adaptive Daily Living Skills. E 2
Principles of Management and Organization. E 2
Medicine and Mental Disabilities. E 2
Physical Disabilities from a medical perspective. E 2
Mental Health for Families of Children with Special Needs. E 2
Faculty of Architecture. E 2

Distribution of Courses

First Semester (Fall)

Code Course Title Status Credits
SNSD 501 Introduction to Special Needs Studies M 2
SNSD 503 Methods of Assessment for Special Needs M 2
SNSD 505 Inclusion M 2
SNSD 507 The objective protection with special needs M 2
SNSD 511 Medicine and Mental Disabilities E 2
SNSD 513 Principles of Management and Organization E 2
Total 12

Second Semester (Spring)

Code Course Title Status Credits
SNSD 502 Intervention Strategies for Special Needs M 2
SNSD 504 Social Empowerment for Special Needs M 2
SNSD 506 Special Needs Rights (2) M 2
SNSD 512 Mental Health for Families of Children with Special Needs E 2
SNSD  514 Environmental and physical design for special needs E 2
SNSD  516 Practicum M 2
Total 12

Course Descriptions

A-Mandatory Courses

  1. Introduction to Special Needs Studies

    This course will provide students with an understanding of special needs and their different types, including intellectual, emotional and physical disabilities, as well as the educational support framework.

  2. Methods of Assessment of Special Needs:

    Students will gain knowledge relevant to the application of psychological tests, assessment and diagnosis.

  3. Inclusion:

    This course aims to provide an understanding of the concept of inclusion. It recognizes the developing trends in relation to inclusion, both nationally and internationally.

  4. The objective Protection of People with Special Needs: (Faculty of Law)

    This protection includes the rights of people with special needs, including their right to rehabilitation (medical, professional, psychological, social), their right to education, their right to work, their right to medical and social care, and their right to practice their civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.

  5. The Procedural Protection of People with Special Needs( Faculty of Law)

    This protection includes the right of people with special needs to fair trials by a competent court, which includes in its structure specialists in special needs. It also includes the right to attain legal aid, the right to be represented by a lawyer, and the right to special punitive institutions.

  6. Intervention Strategies:

    This course focuses on the theories, concepts and implementation of intervention programs, such as multi-sensory learning and assistive technology, etc.

  7. Social Empowerment of Special Needs:

    The course seeks to raise students’ awareness of the changes affecting the community, and means to contribute to the sustainable development. Students’ are equipped with the necessary skills to boost children’s access to literacy, education and livelihood, while providing disadvantaged families with activities to increase and/or sustain their income.

  8. Practicum:

    This course requires the student to visit organizations concerned with special needs to transfer the theoretical aspects acquired into practical applications in the field, in particular to design and implement intervention strategies. Students are also required to present educational plans.

B-Elective Courses

  1. Behavioral Modification:

    This course introduces the students to the basic concepts and the main principles of behavior modification. Topics covered in this course include reinforcement, assertiveness training, positive reductive techniques, among others, with the aim of establishing new behaviors through shaping, chaining, modeling, prompting and fading.

  2. Mental Health for Families of Children with Special Needs:

    This course focuses on families with special needs children and enhances their adaptive behavior towards the unpleasant issue they are facing. It also strengthens their mental health, their personal growth and their well-being.

  3. Special Needs and Rehabilitation:

    The course aims at introducing students to the concepts and purposes of rehabilitation relevant to children with special needs. The course diversifies rehabilitation into a number of topics relevant to medical, social, psychological, academic and vocational rehabilitation.

  4. Literacy and Adaptive Daily Life Skills:

    The course introduces students to the every-day challenges experienced by children with special needs. Students learn how to develop children’s positive behaviors, on-going learning skills, decision-making skills, self-confidence, etc.

  5. Environmental and physical design for special needs ( Faculty of Architecture)

    The aim of this course is to help students to create more effective and appropriate physical environments that address Special and Disability Needs. The Course investigates the interrelationships among the Architectural Spaces (indoor and outdoor), physical environment, individual differences, and human behavior and experience. Student are taught to explore the distinctive features of Architectural Spaces in relation to physical environment and Design norms and standards for special needs. Emphasis is on the effect of design decisions on human behavior in interior and exterior spaces.

  6. Principles of Management and Organization ( Faculty of Business)

    This course is designed to provide non-business students from different backgrounds with the basic knowledge and skills needed to manage organizations for people with special needs.

  7. Physical Disability from a medical perspective (Faculty of Medicine)

    This course discuss the possible causes of physical disability in which a person is constrained to perform an activity independently such as walking, bathing, toileting, etc. It gives a good medical knowledge on the different congenital/hereditary causes of physical disability, in addition to the disability developed at a later stage due to genetic problems, problems with muscle cells or injury during birth. It also discuss how a person can acquire a physical disability through road or industrial accidents, infections such as polio or diseases and disorders such as stroke or cancer. It introduces participants to some models of Physical Disabilities such as Musculo Skeletal and Neuro Muscular Disabilities.

  8. Mental disabilities from a medical perspective. ( Faculty of Medicine)

    This course discuss the possible causes of mental retardation (MR) and introduce participants to the different biological, physiological, and environmental factors that may contribute in causing mental disability. It offers the learning opportunities to discuss genetic metabolic factors like phenylketonuria, galactosemia, diabetes, hydrocephalus, and Rhesus factor. This course aims also to maternal factors resulting in mental disability of new-borns such as exposure to German measles infection, irradiation, old maternity, maternal malnutrition, and maternal diseases will be discussed. The course gives, in a simplified models, a proper medical background on some maternal and foetal accidents like bleeding and hypoxia that may result in different types of disabilities.