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CDS offers New Graduate Course for Spring 2018 Semester

Center on Disability Studies. Interdisciplinary Certificate in Disability and Diversity Studies
This spring, the Center on Disability Studies is offering a new graduate course, DIS 680: “Exploring Disability History through the Ages.” The course is a historical overview of disability from a disability studies perspective. Students will have opportunities to visit diverse perspectives, attitudes, and treatment toward individuals with disabilities through many centuries, societies, and cultures throughout the world; as well as how people with disabilities perceived their own experiences and how we know this.​ There will be UHM "day class", and Outreach or Extension sections for this course.

Course Goals

  1. Learn how a broad range of societies have treated people with disabilities over time
  2. Read & discuss policies, perceptions; living conditions; and roles of persons with disabilities historically, individually and collectively.
  3. Address ideas of impairment; politics and legislation; diversity; advocacy; and education.
  4. Historical perspectives will provide insight into current perceptions of disability issues.
  5. 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, ethnic studies, psychology, political science, interdisciplinary studies, education, public policy, communications, American studies, special education, health sciences, sociology, architecture, disability studies & social work—and whatever else fits.