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NEW AMS DISABILITY COURSES FOR FALL 2016

We are excited to offer these courses in disability studies, one of the most dynamic and innovative interdisciplinary fields in American Studies right now.

Register on the first day of classes: September 8, 2016.

AMS 240: Introduction to Disability Studies (Tu/Th 10.30-11.50)
Sarah Orem

This course will serve as an introductory exploration of the field of disability studies. It will ask: how do we define disability? Who is disabled? And what resources do we need to properly study disability? Together, students will investigate: trends in disability activism, histories of medicine and science, conceptions of “normal” embodiment, the utility of terms like “crip” or “disabled,” and the representation of disability in culture. These topics will be explored through four sequential units over the semester:
1. Understanding key concepts in disability studies,
2. Thinking critically about disability culture,
3. Researching disability history, and
4. Adding to the conversation by thinking about disability in the future.