Disability Studies (Grad St.) (DS)
Explores the key concepts and issues in disability studies. Includes 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.
Traces the 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.
Provides 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.
One key theme will be chosen for each year from the interests and availability of faculty. Topics could include women with disabilities, international dimensions of disability, disability policy and practice, disability organizing and other topics developed over time.