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SOC 249 Disability in Society • 5 Cr.


What is 'disability?' What does it mean to be a person living with a disability? Explore how history and culture shape the experiences of people with disabilities. Topics include eugenics, popular representations like the 'freak show,' the Disability Rights Movement, and the relationship of disability, gender, race, and class.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Explain disabilities from a sociological perspective;
  • Describe the difference between a medical and social understanding of disability;
  • Discuss the various sociological analyses of disability;
  • Apply critical thinking to the social construction of disabilities;
  • Articulate the ways in which 'normalcy' and 'deviance' are constructed socially;
  • Outline the key social, legal, and political milestones of the Disability Rights Movement;
  • Explain the ways in which dominant groups discriminate against people with disabilities; and
  • Recognize how the experience of disability is shaped by race, class, and gender.

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