Perspectives on Disability
The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:
- Disability is one example of diversity. Individual reactions to diversity can sometimes align with social polity and sometimes conflict. How people view disability depends on context, definition and intent.
- Language and labels both create and confirm perspectives regarding disability. Language is a dynamic social construct.
- There are a number of models of disability that can be examined to better understand history, power and perspective as individual and social views relate to disability.
- Understanding the theoretical and political underpinnings of oppression contributes to a greater understanding of minority rights.
- Disability Cultures are a powerful positive force for members of oppressed groups.
- The roles of advocacy, being an ally and being a self-advocate, while related are particular and unique.
- The disability community has responded to a number of controversial social policy issues that include medical assistance in dying, genetic counselling, charity fundraising, special purpose schools, etc.
- Small Group Work
- Guest speakers
- Student Presentations
This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Examine how society and culture influence perspectives about disability
- Examine own values, language and perspective regarding disability
- Compare and contrast several theoretical models of disability such as moral, medical, developmental, social, and affirmative
- Describe Autistic, Disability, Mad and Deaf cultures origins, purpose & influence
- Investigate international perspectives regarding disability
2. Investigate critical disability theory
- Define disability theory and trace its historical development
- Consider context and influence of critical disability theory on current policy and practice
- Contrast and compare disability rights with other minority/civil rights movements
3. Identify opportunities and evaluate context for self-advocacy, advocacy and support
- Describe what advocacy means for people with disabilities, their personal support networks and practitioners
- Review historical examples of advocacy opportunities, e.g., right to die/live, court challenges, bio-medical ethics, etc.
- Reflect on what values, skills and resources contribute to effective self-advocacy and support
- Describe “self-determination” and appreciate that everyone has gifts and capacities
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
These are for current course guidelines only. For a full list of archived courses please see https://www.bctransferguide.ca
|Institution||Transfer Details for DACS 1270|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||No credit|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU PSYC 2XX (1.5)|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||No credit|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV CYC 2XX (1.5)|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||No credit|