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Dennis Lang
LSJ 332
Seattle Campus

Disability and Society

Concentrates on contemporary issues in disability studies, focusing on the thematic frameworks of rights, identities, values, and science/medicine. Recommended: DIS ST 230/LSJ 230/CHID 230. Offered: jointly with CHID 332/DIS ST 332.

Class description

This course will: 1) Increase the student's understanding of the field of disability studies and give the student the necessary background to engage with the contemporary literature in this area; 2) Sharpen the student's awareness of the portrayal of disability in modern culture; 3) Enhance the student's ability to critically reflect upon the construct of "normality" in the ways in which this concept has shaped the understanding of disability; and 4) Familiarize the student with the historical and legal treatment of people with disabilities in the USA, which includes an appreciation for the concepts of discrimination, bias, and exclusion in the majority/institutional culture.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures, class discussions, readings, films, guest speakers, and individual projects.

Students who enroll in this course must be prepared to engage with multiple and varied readings. This is an intense discussion and participatory course. Students will be called on to "lead" discussions either individually or by group as the instructors aim to maximize the collective learning experience. If you are generally uncomfortable talking in class settings, please talk with one of us early in the quarter in order that we can problem-solve how to include you in the discussions.

Recommended preparation

Interest in the area of disability studies

Class assignments and grading

Lectures, class discussions, readings, films, guest speakers, and individual projects.

Class Assessments and Grading:

Participation (20%) Readings (20%) (Written responses) Artifacts (20%) In Class Quizzes (20%) (Take home) Final (20%)


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Dennis Lang
Date: 04/06/2005