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Dennis Lang
CHID 498
Seattle Campus

Special Colloquia

Each colloquium examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework. A list of topics is available from the CHID office.

Class description

This course is an introduction to the field of disability studies. We will focus on the theoretical questions of how society predominantly understands disability and the social justice consequences. We address these questions by examining the biological, social, cultural, political, and economic determinants in the social creation/construction (framing) of disability and their effects on those "claiming" and/or labeled as disabled.

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 exploring the field of Disability Studies

Class assignments and grading

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. Weekly one - two page papers on class readings.

Participation (20%) Readings analysis papers (20%) (Weekly 1-2 pages on readings) Notebook (20%) (Described below) Mid-Term (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.
Additional Information
Last Update by Dennis Lang
Date: 11/05/2002