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Doctor of Philosophy Program in Quality of Life
Development for Persons with Disabilities
(SPECIAL PROGRAM)


Name of Degree

Full Name : Doctor of Philosophy (Quality of Life Development for Persons with Disabilities)

Abbreviation : Ph.D. (Quality of Life Development for Persons with Disabilities)

Philosophy of the Program

Produce graduates at the doctoral level with advanced knowledge and skills in many related disciplines. Create innovations or new knowledge. Change based vision and leadership for the development of quality of life of persons with disabilities in Thai society and world-wide based on the principles of human dignity, equality, empowerment and civil rights adhering to a professional code of conduct and research.

Admission Requirements

1. Students must hold a Master's degree in any field which is accredited by Office of the Higher Education Commission

2. Receive a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50

3. Exceptions to the above items may be considered by the chairman of Program Committee and the Dean of Faculty of Graduate Studies


Professional applications after graduation

  1. Scholar/specialist
  2. Researcher
  3. Administrator
  4. Consultant
  5. Facilitator
  6. Human rights activist
  7. Social work in quality of life development for persons with disabilities

Curriculum Structure

The program is set according to the Ministry of Education Announcement titled "Standard Criteria for Graduate Studies 2005", with the specified Plan B curriculum.

(1) Required Courses 12 Credits
(2) Elective Courses not less than   9 Credits
(3) Dissertation 36 Credits
(4) Total not less than 57 Credits

Course Description

(1) Required Courses

credits (lecture-lab-self study)

RSQD 701 Advanced Research Methodology and Statistics 3(3-0-6)

Concepts, process on advanced research methodologies; quantitative research; qualitative research; policy research, future research, area-based research, research for theory construction and testing; variables and levels of measurement, univariate statistical analyses, inferential statistics, analysis and testing in bivariate statistical relationships, multivariate statistical analyses; nonparametric statistics


RSQD 702 Law and Policy for Quality of Life Development for 3 (3–0–6)
Persons with Disabilities

Importance of quality of life development; definition of quality of life in dimension of economics, medicine, and the social sciences; concept, characteristic, model and measurement of quality of life of persons with disabilities; ethics, philosophy, definition, concept of rights and equality; development of laws and policies related to the quality of life of persons with disabilities; strategies for policy implementation; promoting the development of quality of life of persons with disabilities in Thailand and internationally through public policy process


RSQD 703 Integral Disability Studies 3 (3–0–6)

Meaning, nature and category of disabilities; disability movement history; philosophy, believes and attitudes in relevant to disabilities and persons with disabilities; disability theory, medical model, social model, rights-based model; economic, socio-cultural, political changes and context in relation to disability and persons with disabilities; disability ethics; analysis of the experiences of persons with disabilities; empowerment and capacity building of persons with disabilities, their papents and care givers; new meaning construction of disability through process, concept and theory of integration science; understanding of philosophy science, ontology, epistemology, methodology and their linkage; application and integration of theories for development of quality of life of persons with disabilitiesr


RSQD 704 Seminar in Quality of Life Development for 3 (3–0–6)
Persons with Disabilities

The development of various issues on the quality of life of persons with disabilities operations comparison the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the country and foreign ports; application and model presentation the presented model for efficient solutions in effective problem solving


(2) Elective Courses

credits (lecture-lab-self study)

RSQD 710 Ethics, Rights and Critical Disability Policy 3 (3–0–6)

Critique on rights, equality, opportunity of persons with disabilities and discrimination in various cultures and contexts; history, current situation and future direction of the rights; equality and opportunity of persons with disabilities at community, national and international levels; the intersections of the legal rights and social equality and opportunities; important disability policies; the role of disabled people organizations (DPOs) in policy creation and mobilization at community, national and international levels; model for effective policy implementation


RSQD 711 Disability Movement 3 (3–0–6)

Equalization of opportunity of persons with disabilities; awareness and protection of disability rights; self help and advocacy, independent living, empowerment, leadership, self-help group of persons with disabilities; disability movement in community, national and international levelss


RSQD 712 Disability, Globalization and Dynamic Context 3 (3–0–6)

Effect of environmental, political, economic, social change both national and global level on health, education, employment, accessibility and participation in society of persons with disabilities; global population of persons with disabilities, immigration and resource mobilization; linkages between disability, poverty and social exclusion; international conventions and laws, role of United Nations, international disabled people organizations(DPOs) and other international organizations on disability movement; rehabilitation system, social welfare in different countries; crisis and disaster management for persons with disabilities addressed their special needs and problems


RSQD 713 Rehabilitation Administration 3 (3–0–6)

Concept and theory of management, organization culture and design; definition, type of culture; comparison and difference of organizations; organization design for rehabilitation services for persons with disabilities; financial and bugetting process, relation between organization culture and management; human resource development; learning organization for rehabilitation service and empowerment; political, socio-economic, cultural factors and conditions influencing rehabilitation administration


RSQD 714 Family and Community Based Rehabilitation 3 (2–2–5)

Background, evolution, meaning, concepts, objectives, methods, development, contributions and limitations of family and community based rehabilitation (FCBR); roles and supports of family, community, public and private sectors; corresponding to national and international policies and laws; analysis, critique situation of FCBR in Thailand and other countries; development of appropriate FCBR model within particular context


RSQD 715 Psychology Regarding Persons with Disabilities 3 (2–2–5)

Theory and research regarding psychology, behavior, social adaptation of persons with disabilities and their families, awareness; psychological measurement, communication skills, relationship for creating empowerment, positive attitudes toward persons with disabilities , inclusive society and quality of life development for persons with disabilities


RSQD 716 Management of Health Service and 3 (3–0–6)
Scientific Medicine

The concept and principle of management in health service and scientific medicine; the trend and situation of factors influencing on health of persons with disabilities health; analysis of health service system, health care and medical rehabilitation for persons with disabilities


RSQD 717 Educational Provision for Persons with Disabilities 3 (3–0–6)

Definitions, types, methods, approach and pedagogy policy of educational provisions for persons with disabilities; transition services; special educational needs assessment; early intervention; indiividualzed family service plan; individualized transition plan; individualized educational plan; reasonable accommodation and support; educational media, assistive technology for persons with disabilities; educational assessment and measurement


RSQD 718 Career Management for Persons with Disabilities 3 (2–2–5)

Theory and research on the career of persons with disabilities; assessment of career, prevocational program, job employment, self employment and labor market; legal and professional rights of persons with disabilities; profession management model; analysis of barriers to employment of persons with disabilities and their solutions


RSQD 719 Assistive Technology and Innovation 3 (3–0–6)

Definition of assistive technology and innovation; problem and limitation of persons with disabilities in daily and inclusive living; design principle and evaluation of assistive technology, product; situation, trend of research and development of assistive technology and innovation in national and international focus


RSQD 720 Universal Designn 3 (3–0–6)

Universal design principles, legislation and public policy related; designs affecting the daily living and quality of life of persons with disabilities; design guideline and process, environmental design, technology design, home and building design, products design, communications design, design affects, inclusive design ergonomics, design concept, user-centered design, universal design resources; case studies; usability test and evaluation


RSQD 721 Qualitative Research on Disability 3 (3–0–6)

Theories and concepts on qualitative research; importance of qualitative research in social science and disability; type and various qualitative methods; research question, design, approach to truth, cause and result; research ethics, awareness about IRB guidelines in qualitative research; data collection methods, analysis, validity, synthesis and critique; report writing and presentation concerning qualitative research on persons with disabilities


RSQD 722 Advanced Statistics 3 (3–0–6)

Principle of advanced quantitative data analysis; Approaches of advanced statistics, general linear model, structural equation model (SEM) , analysis of variance (ANOVA), analysis of covariance (ANCOVA), multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA), multiple regression analysis (MRA), path analysis, factor analysis; advanced statistical computer program application and reading results


RSQD 800 Special Topics in Quality of Life Development for 3 (0–6–3)
Persons with Disabilities

Specific topic of disabilities and quality of life development according to the interest of individual student with approval of the instructor


(3) Thesis

credits (lecture-lab-self study)

RSQD 699 Dissertation 36(0-144-0)

Research proposal's design for problem solving and quality of life development for persons with disabilities in which reflecting new discovery; research process, compilation, proposed dissertation, research ethics, dissertation for academic publishing, ethics in academic publishing