Disability Studies Courses

 DS 7010 DISABILITY STUDIES DS 7020 HISTORY OF DISABILITY STUDIES DS 7030 EVALUATION AND RESEARCH METHODS OF DISABILITY STUDIES DS 7040 SELECTED TOPICS IN DISABILITY STUDIES 

DS 7010: Disability Studies

 This course will explore the key concepts and issues in disability studies. This will include a critical examination of models and theories of disability, Canadian and other national laws and international standards, social and economic policy, and professional and service responses.

TOPIC OUTLINE:

  • 1. Models and Theories of Disability Biomedical definitions and rehabilitation; social construction of disability including social stigma, deviance and acceptance; normalization and social role valorization theory; disability rights movements including the independent living and community living perspectives.
  • 2. Disability Law and International Standards Review of Canadian disability law (eg. provincial health, education and welfare provisions, Canadian constitution and Charter of Rights and Freedoms), comparison with other national laws including the United States - Americans with Disabilities Act. Exploration of international standards including the United Nations Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for People with Disabilities.
  • 3. Social and Economic Policies related to Disability Review of key social and economic policies related to disability in Canada including the Employment Assistance programs, income maintenance programs including Canada/Quebec Pension Plans Disability Benefits, health supports. These Canadian policies will be compared with those in other jurisdictions including the USA. In addition the impact of global economic and social policies on disability as pursued in the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund will be explored.
  • 4. Professional and Service Responses A critical review of some of the traditional approaches to professional and service practitioners with people with disabilities and the assumptions which underlie them. Will also consider strategies to ensure the full participation of people with disabilities.


DS 7020: History of Disability

This course will trace historical development of responses to disability, by the medical/rehabilitation community, the governments, advocacy organizations and others. Canadian history will be the initial framework and the historical developments in other countries (including the UK, France, the USA, the Caribbean) will be used as a comparison.

TOPIC OUTLINE

  • Views of disability prior to the 20th Century.
  • The 20th Century. The eugenics movement, the impact of industrialization, technological changes, rehabilitation, the parent movement, sport and recreation, the disability rights movement, and the integration and inclusion movement.
  • Recent developments. Community Living, supported and self employment, self - determination and interdependence, attendant care and other support issues, and life and death issues.



DS 7030: Evaluation and Application of Research Methods in Disability Studies

This course will provide a critical evaluation of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies used in disability studies. Methods to address disability used in different disciplines as well as transformative and empowerment methodologies such as participatory action and feminist disability research will be examined.

TOPIC OUTLINE:

  • Understanding the importance of our questions - Epistemology, ontology and research methodologies
  • Discipline based research methods addressing disability (eg. Medicine, Education, Psychology, Social Work, Recreation), strengths and weaknesses, the questions raised and the answers provided.
  • Transformative and Empowerment Research Methods related to disability: Participatory Action Research, Feminist Research Methods - strengths and weaknesses, the questions raised and answers provided.
  • Methods for Disability Studies - determining match between research questions, study design and methods.

DS 7040: Selected Topics in Disability Studies

Key themes will be chosen for each year from the interests and availability of faculty. Topics could include:

  • Women with disabilities
  • International dimensions of disability
  • Global Disability Issues
  • Disability policy and practice
  • Disability organizing
  • Environment and Disability
  • Thesis topic analysis
  • Disability and the Media
  • ETC.

Sample course information can be found here.

TOPIC OUTLINE:

Texts and readings TBA depending on overall theme chosen for the semester.

If any differences occur between this website and the graduate calendar, priority will be given to the Graduate Calendar.

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