DISABILITY STUDIES: COURSES
Disability Studies Emphasis Courses
DISB-1000. Social Justice in Action
Students investigate the local and global origins of a contemporary social problem through the eyes of social justice activists. Students will assess the strengths and limitations of strategies and theoretical frameworks for social change and use this knowledge to create social action messages that raise public awareness, influence government or corporate policy, or positively change attitudes and behaviours. (3 lecture hours per week.) (Also offered as Social Justice Studies SJST-1000.)
DISB-3010. Theories of Disability and the Social Model
This course explores the meaning of disability and deepens students’ understanding of the experience of living with a disability in today’s society. It introduces students to various approaches to disability and explores alternate perspectives of disability, while emphasizing the social model of disability. It critically examines assumptions that have shaped traditional service and responses to people with disabilities. It explores how to understand disability from the perspective of difference rather than deficit. It encourages new ways of thinking about how to accommodate people with disabilities. This course focuses on disability as a social construct and people with disabilities as a minority group. (Prerequisite: Admission to Disability Studies program.)
DISB-3020. Historical Approaches to People with Disabilities
This course will select national and international milestones highlighting people, events, and legislation that have affected disability rights. It will include historical discussions about significant dates related to the eugenics movement, the civil rights movement, the self-help movement, deinstitutionalization, demedicalization, and consumerism. Emphasis will be placed upon Canadian history with comparison with historical developments in other countries. This course will expose current issues, controversies, and trends in disability and teach students how to interpret historical documents, court cases, media reports, and other materials. It will use case studies to analyze the ideological, socioeconomic, and political history of disability. (Prerequisite: DISB-3010)
DISB-4010. Community Approaches, Advocacy and Empowerment
Students will critically review traditional approaches to professional practice with people with disabilities, with special attention to the role of the professional. Using case studies, students will explore professional intervention strategies that promote full participation and equality for people with disabilities. Other themes include self-determination and choice, supporting disability rights and self-advocacy organizations, and building alliances. Recognizing how important family is to many people with disabilities, this course will also explore the implications of the views and experiences of family members. Stressing the need for empowerment, this course introduces students to social change movements as led by people in search of full citizenship who have disabilities. The implications for empowerment, created by the advent of new technologies, is also explored. (Prerequisite: DISB-3020)
DISB-4020. Service Delivery Systems and Independent Living
This course helps the student understand how to put the social model of disability into practice. It will encourage students to analyze power, inequality and influence and then to build strategies for actions. It will promote a team-oriented approach by using case studies to examine the issues of access and related policies and practices that support or impede inclusion. Theoretical and practical approaches draw from the perspective that people supported by human services need opportunities to lead dignified lives with the means to exercise greater personal choice, control and independence. The Independent Living model and organization exposes students to multiple issues that involve the actions of consumer leaders, activists and managers in designing, organizing and changing services and support models for people with disabilities. This course considers how people with disabilities access societal and community resources, engage socially, and take part in policy development and implementation.
DISB-4610. Community Practice
This four course equivalent sequence is a field placement, designed to enable students to apply and integrate the various theoretical perspectives and themes explored in the Disability Studies program. Students will work with people with disabilities in community agencies and programs and develop respectful and empowering professional skills. Students will also have the. opportunity to gain knowledge of an issue or area of specific interest. Students will acquire knowledge of the needs and issues relevant to at least one disability group. (Prerequisite: DISB-3010, DISB-3020: Semester 7 standing in Disability Studies Program) (Co-requisites: DISB-4010, DISB-4020).
DISB-4650. Community Orientation to Disability Issues
This two course equivalent sequence is a field placement, designed to enable students to apply and integrate the various theoretical perspectives and themes explored in the Disability Studies program through implementation of a community based project. Students will work with people with disabilities in community agencies and programs and develop respectful and empowering professional skills. Students will also have the opportunity to gain knowledge of an issue or area of specific interest. This will necessitate the development of an individual or group project of interest and importance to the organization involved.(Prerequisite: DISB-3010, DISB-3020: Semester 7 standing in Disability Studies Program)(Co-requisites: DISB-4010, DISB-4020).(Anti-requisite: DISB-4610) (Winter 2012: Offered as Pass/Non-Pass.)