History

HIST3625Disability History3 ch
This course uncovers a history of disability in North America from pre-conquest to the twentieth century. It traces the experiences of individuals and communities of people with a wide range of visible and invisible conditions now understood as "disabilities". Rather than treating disability as merely a medical impairment, we will explore the historical and cultural variability of disability. Topics covered inlcude: indigenous notions of ability and disability; disability and colonialism; education and institutions; gender, sexuality, and race; eugenics; freak shows; social welfre and charitable programs; disability and war; the Deaf community; and the disability rights/independent living movement.

Please note: This course is offered under Registrar’s Warrant for the 2017-18 academic year and may not be offered on an ongoing basis.