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Fall 2017
Sep 25, 2017
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ENGL 270 - Disability Studies
The Body Perfect and Imperfect: Disability Studies through Stories, Law, and Social Policy 

This course explores disability from an interdisciplinary perspective: literature, first-person accounts, public policy advocacy, and the basic legal framework. Texts include short stories, personal narratives by individuals who have disabilities or by their family members, and articles by disability rights activists. We integrate film study with our readings to critically examine how pop culture represents, and misrepresents, disability and bodily difference. We will watch and discuss classic film productions of ""The Christmas Carol"" and ""The Glass Menagerie,"" as well as clips from recent episodes of ""Glee"" and ""House."" 

We begin the course with a cluster of related topics: What is Disability? Why do definitions matter? How is disability socially constructed? We explore challenges for individuals with autism spectrum disorder, psychiatric disorders and PTSD, deafness and/or blindness. We also consider the intersection between disability and aging, focusing on Alzheimer’s as an example. We examine the advocacy efforts by parents of children with disabilities as they seek to access resources to meet their children’s needs. We consider the difficult policy choices that arise in health care allocation, educational opportunities, and social services in view of budget constraints. 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

English Department

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