SLHS 5900 Foundations of Disability Studies will be taught by Prof. Alex Lubet this fall 2012 semester on Thursdays 9:05am-12:00pm. This course is primarily organized around intersections of disability issues with those women and ethnic/racial and sexual/gender minorities, with additional units on deafness/Deaf Culture and disability in the university.
FOUNDATIONS OF DISABILITY STUDIES
Instructor: Alex Lubet
Disability Studies examines disability in an interdisciplinary, sociocultural context, foregrounding this community's human and civil rights, access to the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship and education, minority status, and identity, over diagnosis, treatment, and other, often oppressive, forms of medicalization and social pathologization. This course, the first of its kind at the U of M, is primarily organized around intersections of disability issues with those women and ethnic/racial and sexual/gender minorities, with additional units on deafness/Deaf Culture and disability in the university.
The work of the course includes weekly readings, class discussion (led by students whenever possible), short response papers, occasional viewing of films, and (for graduate students) a research prospectus. There are no exams. Teaching is in accordance with the principles of Universal Instructional Design and maximal responsiveness to the need for disability and other accommodations.
Alex Lubet is Morse Alumni/Graduate & Professional Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music, with additional appointments in American and Jewish Studies, Speech-Language-Hearing-Sciences, and Cognitive Sciences. He is the author of Music, Disability, and Society (2011, Temple University Press) and dozens of articles on disability in the contexts of music, religion, and education. A winner of the 2011 Access Achievement Award for service to the U of M's disability community and past Chair of the University Senate Disability Issues Committee, he is also trained in disability accommodations and Universal Instructional Design, and dedicated to addressing the access concerns of all students.
A draft syllabus may be downloaded at: http://umn.academia.edu/AlexLubet/Papers/1766118/Foundations_of_Disability_Studies
Questions? Contact the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612 624-7840.