GSST 035. Critical Disability Theory

This course draws attention to shifting constructions of body normativity and disability from an interdisciplinary perspective and is informed by fields such as philosophy, ethnology, psychology, anthropology, political science, and literature. Students will explore ways in which the field of disability studies both draws from, as well as informs and expands, the fields of gender and sexuality studies and queer studies. The theoretical framework of the course focuses on the mechanisms that allow definitions, social constructions, and stigmas associated with disability to contribute to a larger system of power that oppresses individuals who fall short of the norm. We will orient ourselves by asking the following questions: How is disability socially constructed? How does disability intersect with other identities? How do various definitions of disability shape and affect advocacy agendas?  What are some institutional and social challenges faced by those with non-conforming bodies? Texts include disability studies theory, critical and theoretical essays, articles by disability rights scholars and activists, first-person accounts, films, art, and newspaper articles.
1 credit.
Eligible for GSST
Spring 2023. Meirosu.
Spring 2025. Meirosu.
Catalog chapter: Gender and Sexuality Studies  
Department website: Gender and Sexuality Studies

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