LSO441 - Disability: Re-imagining Access and Inclusion

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Subject Title
Disability: Re-imagining Access and Inclusion

Subject Description
This course critically explores the lived experience of disability as reflected in various theories and models for understanding disability and society. Students will reflect on disability discourse through narratives, essays, media, and from community members (i.e., guest speakers with lived experience and knowledge of disability). Students' critical thinking skills and awareness of systemic oppression and the impact of policies and practices will be emphasized. Particular attention is given to applying intersectional framework to looking at disability, which includes race, age, gender, sexuality, socio-economic status, ethnicity and Indigenous status. Students from any discipline and without prior knowledge of disability studies are welcome to participate in this course.

Credit Status
One upper-level Liberal Studies Option in the Social Science category

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Examine and reflect on theories and models of disability to assess their relevance in political and cultural contexts.
  2. Examine the intersectionality of disability with race, age, gender, sexuality, socio-economic status, ethnicity, and Indigenous status in the experience of marginalized groups.
  3. Analyze systemic biases towards disabled people to increase awareness and identify remedies.
  4. Analyze disabled people’s legal rights in a Canadian context to discuss inclusion and exclusion via access to spaces and places
  5. Explore the lived experience of disabled people as a method for critiquing current policies and practices.
  6. Advocate for the rights of disabled people to promote inclusion.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.