- General overview of disability frameworks and models
- Develop a conceptual understanding of the various meanings and perspectives of disability, e.g.:
- Medical model
- Rehabilitation model
- Social model
- Charity model
- Social justice and civil rights model
- Recovery model
- Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of these models
- Examine exceptionalities and their characteristics, pathology and classification across diagnostic and classification systems including:
- How disability is defined and measured
- Develop an awareness of the historical and cultural constructs of disability
- Using various theories as a lens to understand disability:
- Examine the history of oppression and politics of prejudice as it relates to disability
- Consider disability movements, independent living and disability rights
- Consider the anti-treatment movement (mad pride, aspie’s etc.)
- Case study
- Guest speakers
This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:
- Research paper
- Class presentation
- Literature reviews
- Case Study/critiques
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of historical and contemporary constructs of disability.
- Demonstrate a broad understanding of the characteristics, pathology and classifications of developmental, congenital and acquired disabilities.
- Compare and critique classifications and schemas of disability and analyze implications and impacts across settings and environments
- Compare and critique representations of disability in culture.
- Demonstrate an understanding of disability as a subject of human rights.
Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:
Course Pack or
With instructors permission
No corequisite courses.
No equivalent courses.
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.
|Institution||Transfer Details||Effective Dates|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU ARTS 3XXX (3)||2008/09/01 to -|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU EDUC 4XX (3)||2008/09/01 to -|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||Individual assessment||2008/09/01 to -|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV ADED 3XX (3)||2015/01/01 to -|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||No credit||2008/09/01 to 2011/08/31|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV ADED 2XX (3)||2011/09/01 to 2014/12/31|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC CYC 364 (1.5)||2008/09/01 to -|
|Vancouver Island University (VIU)||VIU EACS 1st (3)||2019/09/01 to -|
|Vancouver Island University (VIU)||No credit||2008/09/01 to 2019/08/31|