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Joanne D Woiak
DIS ST 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/LSJ 332.

Class description

This class recognizes sex and disability as intimately related concepts. We will examine the intersections between disability studies, a field that addresses disability as difference, and topics in gender and sexuality studies. The connections between disability and sex generate questions about the cultural meanings of the body, medicalization, desire, privilege, and normalcy. This course will explore key conversations, emerging scholarship, and fictional and narrative accounts about disabled people and sexuality, feminist disability studies, queer theory intersecting with disability studies, reproductive politics, and the history and political ramifications of binaries that create various “others.� Our approach to the material will emphasize the ways that ableism is interconnected with sexism, homophobia, racism, classism, and other systems of oppression.

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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.
Last Update by Joanne D Woiak
Date: 11/14/2012