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CDS Offers Special Topics Course in Disability and Diversity

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An online (asynchronous-access at your own time), graduate level, 3 credit course. Offered 1st summer session: (May 23 –July 1, 2016).


Dr. Steven Brown, Professor (Affiliate Faculty)

Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii-Manoa (, Email:

Qualifies as an Elective for CDS Grad Certificate in Disability & Diversity Studies. Overview of the history of disability from a disability studies perspective, a multidisciplinary and global approach to studying disability perspectives, focused on personal and collective responses to difference(s) based on disability.

Course Goals

  • Learn how different societies have treated people with disabilities.
  • Read & discuss policies, perceptions; living conditions; and roles of persons with disabilities historically, individually and collectively.
  • Address ideas of impairment; politics and legislation; diversity; advocacy; and education.
  • Historical perspectives will provide insight into current perceptions of disability issues.
  • Skills to be developed include critical thinking, organizing, and conveying information.

Who should take this course?

Graduate students in history & all other disciplines, including art, disability studies, ethnic studies, psychology, political science, interdisciplinary studies, education, public policy, communications, American studies, special education, health sciences, sociology, architecture, social work,etc.

Registration Information

Information you will need: The course number is DIS 682 601 and the CRN is 97000. Detailed information is at: Tuition information for UH Manoa may be found at: