LSJ/CHID 332 Introduction to Disability Studies
Website for Fall 2011
Lectures Mon, Wed, Fri 10:30-11:20 in Savery 260. Quiz sections Tues and Thurs.
LSJ/CHID 332 Disability and Society: Introduction to Disability Studies
Syllabus (download in Word) for Winter 2010
Course description:This is a survey of Disability Studies, an interdisciplinary field that investigates, critiques, and enhances Western society’s understandings of disability and the social justice consequences. The course will introduce you to a critical framework for recognizing entrenched attitudes, barriers, and representations that stigmatize and discriminate against people with disabilities. We will interrogate how society generates and reinforces perceptions of disability as personal deficit and misfortune, and learn how the disability experience has been reinterpreted as a form of human variation and minority group status by the disability rights movement and by scholars in a range of disciplines. The readings, lectures, and assignments focus on analyzing the social, political, economic, architectural, cultural, and historical factors that shape the meanings of “disability.” We will explore the history of disability; disability rights activism; disability culture; disability public policy; arguments regarding quality of life, inclusion, and independence; perspectives on the roles of medicine and technology; theories of stigma and identity; analogies and differences between experiences of disability, race, and gender oppression; and portrayals of disability in the media. Credits for this course count towards the Disability Studies Minor and the Diversity Minor.