Sample Selected Topics Course Information

Below is a sampling of Selected Topics Course information. These courses and/or other selected topics courses are offered based on current staff availability.However, these are the most common selected topics courses offered by Disability Studies.

Women and Disability
Women with disabilities comprise the majority of people with disabilities. Yet, comparatively little is known about their/our lives or experiences. Often, women with disabilities are treated as a ‘special interest’, ‘add-ons’ or ‘afterthoughts’ to both Women’s Studies and Disability Studies. Using the framework of intersectionality, this course explores a wide range of issues in an effort to shed light on this diverse community.

Environment and Disability
This course will provide a critical disability survey examining the timing and spacing realities of lives for people with physical, cognitive, sensory, and psychiatric impairments. The social context of disability in public/private space is thereby examined from the perspectives of people with disabilities. The fluidity of embodied geographies, disability, and impairment are explored, moving well beyond individual incapacity in society and looking at wider social perceptions and attitudes.

Disability and the Media The media frames and reinforces mainstream understandings of the world around us. Consequently, the media has a profound influence on social and cultural perceptions of disability and difference. Often, understandings of disability are based on myths, fear and apprehension remain intact due to lack of exposure to or knowledge of disability, and the absence of everyday encounters between the non-disabled mainstream and its disabled "outsiders" merely perpetuate the ignorance of the former and their fears. This course is a critical analysis and examination of print, radio, television cinema electronic media and their representations of disability.

Disability and Social Policy This course will examine how disability is shaped by and shapes social policy in Canada, with particular emphasis on comparisons between Manitoba and New Brunswick. Social policy is widely understood as government or state policies dealing with social issues, human welfare or advantage and power. Using a framework of citizenship as well as challenges from neo-liberalism, we will explore how people with disabilities in Canada are actors in social policy as well as acted upon by social policy. We will look at how disability is defined and used by governments in Canada. We will look in detail at some key recent social policy issues including poverty, and how policies address the lives of people who experience disability.

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