This course considers how the category of disability works globally across geographic locations and cultural settings. Combining an interdisciplinary social justice-oriented disability studies perspective with a critical decolonial approach, students continue to develop an understanding of disability as a relational, social, and historical symbolic category, and ableism. Students will develop strong critical skills in interpretation and analysis of both social science texts, works of theory, and artworks (i.e., the written word, visual images, performance). Topics including representations of disability in global and diasporic media, including literature and film; medicalization and tropes of disability across cultures; human rights and disability activism around the world; and intersectional analysis of disability in relation to gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity, and class in diverse global contexts.
Any 6.0 credits
History, Philosophy and Cultural Studies