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Disability Studies
Course: HUM235

First Term: 2021 Fall
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Course Type: Academic
Load Formula: S- Standard

Description: Considers representations of disability as artifacts of Western and non-Western cultures against changing backdrops in knowledge, ideas, beliefs, values, and practices. Works to build awareness, understanding, and empathy in regards to diverse forms of humanity and to de-stigmatize disease, illness, and impairment.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Define the moral, medical, and social models in Disability Studies. (I)
2. Describe formal and contextual methods for finding meaning in artistic expressions, in general, and in representations of disability, in particular. (I, II)
3. Use appropriate terminology for critiquing respective forms of artistic expression. (II-VI)
4. Apply a theoretical lens to the critical analysis of a body of artistic work. (I-III)
5. Interpret representations of disability in Western and non-Western rituals, religions, and iconography. (II-VI)
6. Research theories and representations of disability from antiquity to the present. (III, IV, VI)
7. Identify exclusionary and exploitative practices in representations of disability. (I)
8. Correlate representations of disability with changes in science, medicine, technology, values, beliefs, and practices. (I, IV-VI)
9. Critically analyze representations of disability in modern and contemporary art. (III)
10. Debate whether representations of disability reflect, challenge, and/or transform normative attitudes, beliefs, and practices. (III)
11. Showcase the accomplishments, contributions, and leadership of persons with disabilities. (IV, VII)
12. Evaluate the Americans with Disabilities Act. (V, VI)
13. Cite improvements in disability rights, advocacy, accessibility, legislation, general attitudes, social practices, universal design, and international law. (V, VI, IX)
14. Explain "disability aesthetics." (VI)
15. Explain sites of hegemony, oppression, and resistance in the disability rights movement. (VIII)
16. Summarize learning about the representation of disability as gained from taking the course. (I-IX)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Defining, Theorizing, and Representing Disability
   A. Metaphysical Constructions and Representations of Disability: The Moral Model
   B. Scientific Constructions and Representations of Disability: The Medical Model
   C. Cultural Constructions and Representations of Disability: The Social Model
II. Forms of Critical Analysis in the Study of Art
   A. Formal
   B. Contextual
III. Comparative Representations of Disability in Religion
   A. Nature Religions: Sacred Stories and Texts
   B. Ethical and Monotheistic Religions: Sacred Stories and Texts
IV. Representations of Disability by Culture, Civilization, and Aesthetic
   A. Antiquity
   B. Byzantine and Medieval Europe
   C. Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Romanticism, and Impressionism
   D. Modernity
      1. Expressionism
      2. Cubism
      3. Dadaism
      4. Surrealism
      5. Abstract Expressionism
      6. Pop Art
   E. Post-Modernism
      1. Body Art
      2. Steam Punk
      3. Vandalism
V. Representation and Power/Hegemony in Art
   A. Residual Voices
   B. Dominant Voices
   C. Emergent Voices
VI. Survey of Representations of Disability by Medium
   A. Studio Arts
   B. Performance Arts
   C. Literature
   D. Film
   E. Digital Arts
   F. Popular Culture
VII. Celebrating the Contributions of People with Disabilities
   A. Business Leaders and Politicians
   B. Scientists, Inventors, and Entrepreneurs
   C. Performance and Studio Artists
   D. Writers, Directors, and Activists
VIII. Topics for Further Discussion and Research
   A. Ableism in disability memes and other forms of media
   B. Consumer Advocacy
   C. Universal Design
IX. Disability Rights as a Global Movement
   A. United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities
   B. International Disabilities Rights Organizations and Laws

MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: June 27, 2017

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