Disability Studies Learning Goals and Objectives
Learning Goal 1: Students will gain an awareness of disability as a social and cultural construct
- explain the distinction between impairment and disability
- explain the major paradigms that have been used to understand and represent disability in Western cultures.
- identify major developments in disability history
Learning Goal 2: Students will acquire an analytic framework for evaluating representations of disability in culture.
- analyze the representation of disability in a literary text, film, work of art or other cultural text.
- identify which of the major paradigms for understanding disability is evident in a literary text, film, work of art or other cultural text.
Learning Goal 3: Students will develop informed positions on public policy debates that bear on disabled populations
- explain how a given issue impacts disabled people in particular
- explain the various competing arguments (and the ethical or legal principles informing those arguments) on the disputed issue
- articulate one’s own position on the issue
Learning Goal 4: Students should acquire a basic understanding of the Americans with Disabilities Act
- explain who is protected by the ADA
- identify examples of actions prohibited by the ADA
- identify examples of actions required by the ADA