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Explores provocative ethical and practical Disability Studies topics using a Liberal Arts framework. Students actively engage both sides of cases with legal, medical, and recreational significance. Examines how disability, mental health and neuro-diversity intersect with modern culture and social institutions.
Explore the dynamic sports and recreation venues where people with and without disability are involved in working towards diverse forms of participation and inclusion. These are crucial spheres of self-expression, sociability, integration and contribution. Recreational and elite sports, youth and adult programs and camp settings are covered.
Antirequisite(s): The former Disability Studies 2211A/B.
Introduction to how moral reasoning can help to identify and address current and emerging disability-related situations in health care practice, caregiving, health policy and research. Normative ethics, philosophy of health care, and Disability Studies models are applied to discussion of case studies.
Disability Studies challenges the historical, medical and mainstream views of disability and mental illness as personal tragedies or solely problems to be fixed. We explore diverse approaches to imagining disability, changes over time, and associated symbolic and material outcomes.
Antirequisite(s): The former Disability Studies 2201A/B.
Learn how common disability and neuro-diversity conditions are defined and resourced. Understand the complex nature and tacit assumptions of diagnostic contexts and care systems, past and present. Consider both the empowering and constraining bio-political implications of medical labelling for individuals and groups.
Learn about current and past frameworks for exceptional learners in education. Examine common systemic tensions between: macro-social policies and individualized learning plans, inclusion and specialized supports,
universal design and quality, and how families navigate accessibility and relationships amidst limited resources and neoliberalism.
Antirequisite(s): Childhood and Social Institutions 2294B if taken in Summer 2014.
Examine cultural contexts and attitudes that produce diverse, evolving representations of disability and normalcy in private reflections and public media (news, policies, memoirs, arts, social media) by care professionals, law, state, church and family. Students critique existing media representations and work on constructive alternatives.
This course draws on diverse research and first person narratives to identify and challenge mainstream ways of thinking about mental illness, psychiatry, labelling and processes of containment. Additionally, this course explores the themes of de/institutionalization, intersectionality, political economy, criminalization, housing and employment as they impact(ed) Mad people.
There is no single solution for inclusion in camp and community recreational settings that satisfies the desires and needs of diverse kids. We study theories and cases of mainstream, specialized and reverse inclusion and their operationalization in organizational contexts including best practices for training, intake, disability support, accessibility and integration.
This course engages students with interdisciplinary academic texts, social media, videos and art in order to thoughtfully challenge mainstream constructions of disability using a gendered lens. This course encourages students to examine the circular influence that gender and disability can have on each other.
An experiential learning course with diverse outside activities in collaboration with disabled participants. Student/participant teams co-create projects using Disability Studies principles and mutuality. Readings and lectures inform and compliment those interactions with a theoretical grounding in social inclusion/exclusion.
Introduces students to key innovations in leadership, rights, laws, policy and practices in the human services and modern disability sector. Research and cases highlight the tensions and possibilities between conceptual ideals and the constraints of practice.
The evolution and diversification of Disability Studies has led to innovative ways of rethinking disability such as: rights, sexuality, race, Marxism, globality, the body, post-structuralism. Students learn how these ideas extend, alter or challenge existing paradigms and how to critically analyze and compare DS research.
Explore the significance and influence of disability and mental health on family and care relationships over the life course. The course combines a Disability Studies lens with narrative, care and kinship concepts. Through written stories, we examine mutuality, discontinuity and creativity in relationships.
Learn about the intersection of Law and Bioethics through actual cases involving disability, mental health and chronic illness. Examine such topics through a Disability Studies lens: rights, workplace injury and accommodation, competence assessments, personhood, end-of-life, ethics of care, and the disabling role legal, healthcare, education and job systems can play.
Antirequisite(s): The former Disability Studies 3310F/G.
Explores how different cultures construct disability. Uses cases to examine the way diverse sociocultural norms inform definitions, policies, practices and attitudes towards people with disability and how this varies internationally.