Kanta A Kochhar
Considers the intersections between human rights discourse and disability studies in relation to questions of community formation and social action. Addresses three primary areas: the arts, activism, and the law.
In this course, we will consider the intersections between human rights discourse and disability studies in relation to the question of building inclusive communities. Three primary arenas will be addressed: the arts, activism, and the law. These arenas taken together can provide a vehicle for envisioning more inclusive communities. We will examine the medical, social, and legal constructions of disability, as well as the implications of these analyses for understanding disability rights socially and individually. In the process, we will also examine the idea of the normative body, and, from the results of our inquiry into the arts, activism, and the law, we will ask how we might form new spaces for emerging communities that are based on more equitable frames of reference.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
In general this course includes a combination of lecture, film, discussion, and workshop activities. The activities of each section will culminate in a writing assignment that demonstrates a synthesis of questions regarding disability studies and its significance for that particular section topic. Final papers are intended to reflect an in-depth exploration and understanding of disability and human rights and its application to a particular arena outside the range of the class.
Enthusiasm; prior coursework in human rights or disability helpful but not required
Class assignments and grading
class activities, homework assignments, short papers, final paper, mid term and final exam
participation, class activities, homework assignments, short papers, final paper, mid term and final exam