Breaking Down Barriers: An Introduction to Disability Studies
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Note: Formerly known as GNED-700
This course will offer essential learning for anyone intending to work in health care, social services, humanities, education, and other related sectors where interfacing with disabled people is an everyday occurrence. It will be of particular interest to disabled students, students with an interest in disability issues, and those looking to pursue careers in disability, rehabilitation or therapeutic services. This foundation course introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of Disability Studies. It aims to transform student learning by providing students with the necessary tools to recognize and tackle social barriers in order to promote the full participation and inclusion of disabled people. Taught from a social justice perspective, students will learn about the diverse social and cultural contributions of disabled people in a way that centres the knowledges of disability, Deaf, and mad communities.