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AMST 685 01 (10641) /ENGL930
Disability: Representation, History, Ethics
James Berger
T 1.30-3.20 LC 319
Fall 2015 
 
This course provides an introduction to some key topics in contemporary disability studies. Students read sources on the history of the disability rights movement in the United States, and texts on modes of theorizing disability and how these theorizations intersect with and sometimes contest the movement's political assertions. Encounters with artistic and other cultural representations of disability have been central to disability studies, so students read or view significant literary and cinematic accounts of disability. Finally, the class contends with important recent ethical issues pertaining to disability: questions of eugenics, genetic screening, euthanasia, the ethics of care, and disability in a global perspective.