AbstractThis syllabus covers a cross-listed course offered by both the sociology department and the college of interdisciplinary studies. This course seeks to educate students from a variety of backgrounds and majors about the social construction of disability and the processes by which certain bodies are valued and devalued, and how to deconstruct assumptions...
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- College 400
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Usage NotesThis syllabus is designed for a 16-week semester. While this particular syllabus is for a synchronous online class, the concept of “participation” can easily be transferred over to an in-person setting.
Learning Goals and Assessments
- The goal of this course is to learn that the bodies/minds that we label “disabled” are socially constructed and maintained through representations of disability circulated through society, and is embedded in historical and existing power structure.
- Disability is just one of many identities a person can hold and thus, it is important to consider intersectionality in examining a person or group’s experience with disability.
- Definitions of disability and the resources available have changed over time and continue to change through social action.
- Through open-ended papers, students are asked to assess ableism embedded structurally in institutions and policies.
- Weekly readings and quizzes will address how disability interacts with a person's race, gender, sexuality and other aspects of a person's life. Furthermore, different types of disabilities will have different experiences.
- Through open-ended papers, students are asked to explore how new theories of disability and activism can lead to social change.