Introduction to Disability Studies
General Catalog Course Title:
Introduction to Disability Studies
Terms Offered:
Fall 2016
Fall 2015
Fall 2014
Course Thread: 
Human Rights
Course Thread: 
Sciences and Society
Instructor: 
Saxton, Marsha

This course focuses on the social and personal meaning of disability and chronic illness. We will explore definitions and conceptual models for the study of disability, the history of disabled people, bio-ethical perspectives, the depiction of disability in literature and the arts, public attitudes, and legal and social policies. The course will investigate the interaction of disability with social factors such as gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and class. The course is for students with and without disabilities, and may be of special interest to students preparing for careers in the health professions, education, law, architecture, social work, or gerontology.

For more detailed information about classes, please visit the UC Berkeley Online Schedule of Classes.