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2017-2018 Catalog and Handbook 
2017-2018 Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

DSAB 201 - Disability and Embodiment (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: None
This course focuses on issues related to embodiment and the biological and medical aspects of disability. Students will learn the difference between understanding of disability as a medical problem and as a social construction. Identification, prevalence, clinical manifestations, cognitive, behavioral and social implications and interventions associated with genetic causes of disabilities and the debates surrounding genetic and other ‘cures’ (e.g. cochlear implants, cosmetic surgery, and other interventions) will be examined. Students will explore how bodies become gendered, raced, classed and sexualized in ways that create and reinforce social institutions, relations of power, and stigma. An analysis of the built environment and its effect on mobility, access and autonomy will be presented and discussed. Students will explore the relationship between Disability Studies and bioethics, including prenatal testing and assisted suicide.