Description: This course immerses students in a critical dialogue around disability, the disability experience, the intersection of disability studies and health, and individual and societal responses to disability. Participants in this course examine how historical and societal perspectives, the built environment, and political and cultural dynamics shape the disability experience. The first section of the course is an in-depth look at concepts and philosophies of a disability studies (DS) perspectives and various models of disability. Students will use this knowledge to explore how a disability studies perspective and/or adherence to particular models of disability influence policies and laws that enable or constrain the full inclusion and participation of people with disabilities in society. Students will also explore and apply principles of life course to disability and its advantages when exploring the influence of social determinants of health on the life of a person with a disability and their family. Letter grade only.
Sections offered: Spring 2022