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EDUC105 Disability Studies: An Introduction

An introduction to Disability Studies, which critically examines disability issues across a wide range of disciplines as well as different socio-cultural, political, economic, historical, legal, and educational contexts.

What does it mean to be disabled? What would it be like if schools, workplaces and communities were made more inclusive for everyone?

Disability is everywhere, once you start looking for it. This paper will introduce you to Disability Studies, a multidisciplinary field of inquiry that focuses on the experiences, rights and leadership of disabled people. You will learn how to critically examine disability issues across a wide range of disciplines, as well as different socio-cultural, political, economic, historical, legal, and educational contexts. The paper is relevant to ALL students from ALL University divisions/disciplines, which enables you to learn with and from people enrolled in a range of degrees.

Former students' perspectives:
"I want to thank you for an amazing paper. It has been favourite paper here at Otago (by far), and I will recommend it for all future exchange students from Bergen!" (Norwegian exchange student feedback, 2017)

"EDUC 105 has easily been the best and most influential paper I have ever taken at University." (student feedback, 2013)
 

Paper title Disability Studies: An Introduction
Paper code EDUC105
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
An open mind and willingness to think.
Contact
gill.rutherford@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Gill Rutherford
Paper Structure
Key Concepts:
  • Disability is a natural part of being human
  • Disability is about human rights
  • Understanding individuals' experiences of disability is critical in developing respectful ways of knowing about this aspect of human difference
  • Understanding people begins with a presumption of competence
  • Language matters
Textbooks
A list of course readings will be provided.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, global perspective, interdisciplinary perspective, lifelong learning, communication, critical thinking, cultural understanding, ethics.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the paper, it is anticipated that students will be able to:
  1. Identify and explain the social, cultural and political dimensions of disability
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of different theoretical approaches to disability
  3. Critically analyse disabling barriers in society (e.g. cultural, attitudinal, informational, architectural, educational, economic, legal)
  4. Apply theoretical knowledge of disability in interpreting individuals' experiences across different life domains (e.g. health, education, employment, community living)
  5. Communicate personal and theoretical understandings of disability issues in a respectful manner

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 9-16, 18-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 15:00-16:50 9-16, 18-22
A2 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 9-16, 18-22

An introduction to Disability Studies, which critically examines disability issues across a wide range of disciplines as well as different socio-cultural, political, economic, historical, legal, and educational contexts.

What does it mean to be disabled? What would it be like if schools, workplaces and communities were made more inclusive for everyone?

Disability is everywhere, once you start looking for it. This paper will introduce you to Disability Studies, a multidisciplinary field of inquiry that focuses on the experiences, rights and leadership of disabled people. You will learn how to critically examine disability issues across a wide range of disciplines, as well as different socio-cultural, political, economic, historical, legal, and educational contexts. The paper is relevant to ALL students from ALL University divisions/disciplines, which enables you to learn with and from people enrolled in a range of degrees.

Former students' perspectives:
"I want to thank you for an amazing paper. It has been favourite paper here at Otago (by far), and I will recommend it for all future exchange students from Bergen!" (Norwegian exchange student feedback, 2017)

"EDUC 105 has easily been the best and most influential paper I have ever taken at University." (student feedback, 2013)

Paper title Disability Studies: An Introduction
Paper code EDUC105
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2020 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

^ Top of page

Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
An open mind and willingness to think.
Contact
gill.rutherford@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Gill Rutherford
Paper Structure
Key Concepts:
  • Disability is a natural part of being human
  • Disability is about human rights
  • Understanding individuals' experiences of disability is critical in developing respectful ways of knowing about this aspect of human difference
  • Understanding people begins with a presumption of competence
  • Language matters
Textbooks
A list of course readings will be provided.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, global perspective, interdisciplinary perspective, lifelong learning, communication, critical thinking, cultural understanding, ethics.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the paper, it is anticipated that students will be able to:
  1. Identify and explain the social, cultural and political dimensions of disability
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of different theoretical approaches to disability
  3. Critically analyse disabling barriers in society (e.g. cultural, attitudinal, informational, architectural, educational, economic, legal)
  4. Apply theoretical knowledge of disability in interpreting individuals' experiences across different life domains (e.g. health, education, employment, community living)
  5. Communicate personal and theoretical understandings of disability issues in a respectful manner

^ Top of page

Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 9-15, 17-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 15:00-16:50 9-15, 17, 19-22
A2 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 9-15, 17-22