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DHIS 25A03 - Introduction to Disability Studies

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

One-fifth of the estimated global total, or between 110 million and 190 million people, experience some form of disability. That fact alone suggests that disability is worth considering when we think about our society. This course is meant to help you become more informed about disability as a matter of identity, language, writing, power, education, politics, literature, art, and more. This class' goal is to develop an understanding of disability as a complex and crucial part of the world and of human experience. More specifically, we will work together to: • Understand core concepts of disability studies and its emergence as a field • Learn key definitions, categories, critiques, and controversies that comprise current research and scholarship in disability studies • Understand and assess the value and effect of different ways of thinking about disability (which we'll refer to as “models of disability”)—social, medical, cultural, human rights—in ways that are nuanced and historically savvy • Become versed in the specifics of disability identity, from both community and individual perspectives • Theorize and potentially implement disability-aware educational theories and practices • Define and challenge what access means in relation to disability • Discuss and analyze the ways in which disability and rhetoric (textual and visual) constantly intersect and influence one another • Apply disability studies theories to works of literature, art, and film • Explore new frontiers for your own possible engagement in disability studies • Practice making our own work increasingly accessible (image descriptions, captions, scripts for presentations, etc.) The course offers a particularly worthwhile addition to the skillset of students preparing for careers in law, public administration, education or social work


DORIA, Corinne (Post Doctorante)

Course validation

Oral presentation : 20% Written test : 30% Final paper : 40% of the final grade devoted to a paper of approximately 1200 words on a primary source – its contents, discourse and historical meaning – to be agreed with the instructor Seminar participation : 10%

Required reading

  • Barnes, Colin, Oliver, Marc, Barton, Len (eds.), Disability Studies Today, Cambridge, Polity Press, 2008 (2002)
  • Goodley, Dan. Disability Studies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction, London, SAGE, 2010 (and successive editions)