Explore disability and reflect on what it means to have a good life
20% of the global population has a disability, which means most of us will have an experience of disability in our lives, whether personally, through family and friends, or in our workplaces and communities.
In this course, you’ll reflect on how disability is part of who we are as human beings. You’ll engage with stories from the diverse lives of people with disabilities, explore contemporary debates, and reflect on the many ways disability is understood and experienced. Above all, you’ll consider what it means to have a good life – and how a good life might be enabled for everyone.
What topics will you cover?
- The difference between disability and impairment
- The social and medical models of disability
- The classification, labelling and counting of disability
- The history of disability in the Global North
- Disability across the life course
- The intersection between disability and other identities or social categories
- Western and non-western philosophical traditions that inform ideas of a good life
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Identify and explain how understandings of disability have changed over time
- Evaluate the importance of listening to the ideas and life experiences of people with disabilities
- Evaluate the usefulness of the social model as a framework for understanding disability inclusion
- Explain the importance of examining disability across the life course
- Explain and critically analyse how disability intersects with other dimensions of human diversity
- Identify and explain what a good life might mean for a diversity of people, including people with disabilities
Who is the course for?
This course is suitable for both beginners and experts wanting to raise their awareness of disability and disability-related issues within a global context. It is appropriate for people with disabilities and their family members, friends and allies; professionals in the care and community service sectors; medical and allied health professionals; educators; built environment professionals; advocates and policy makers; scholars; and lifelong learners.
Thinking through Disability is an appropriate foundation for the course Working with Disability, which looks at disability and its relationship to human rights, access, advocacy and care.
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