BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

SOCW-478 - Introduction to Disability Studies - 3.00 Credits

SOCW-478 - Introduction to Disability Studies - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course involves students in an examination of perspectives on disability, race, gender and class, as well as critical analysis of current theories, policies and practice. Students are introduced to issues affecting people with disabilities within a framework of human rights, citizenship and inclusion. The course also engages students in an examination of their own beliefs and attitudes about disability and emphasizes practice knowledge required for anti-ableist practice. Significant events and the contributions of pioneers in the disability rights movement are explored. The roles and perspectives of people with disabilities, family members and professionals are considered in relation to social work values, theory, policy and practice.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Bachelor of Social Work - Elective Courses
  • Prerequisites : SOCW 200A, SOCW 200B, third year standing or permission of the Instructor
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree
    Office Hours: 1.5 hour for every 3 hours of classroom instruction
    Contact Hours: 39
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes:

    Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:

    • identify and describe respectful ways of interacting with individuals with diverse abilities and needs;

    • explore and articulate personal attitudes, values and beliefs about ableism and disability;

    • describe and evaluate theoretical frameworks for understanding and responding to disability;

    • describe the role of policy frameworks regarding disability issues;

    • identify the existence and manifestations of ableism at all levels of society;

    • describe the intersection of disability, race, gender, and class in an oppressive society, as well as the range of issues which affect people with disabilities and their families/caregivers throughout the life-span;

    • describe and utilize strategies to promote inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities and their families, as well as describe strategies for interrupting and eliminating ableism (anti-ableist social work practice); and

    • apply a social justice framework and interdisciplinary practice principles to selected policy and practice issues.

    Text and Materials:
    Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: