Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee
Date of First Reading: March 30, 2020
Date of Second Reading: April 27, 2020
Title of Motion: Request from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – School of Social Transformation – for the establishment of a graduate certificate – Disability Studies
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: The disability studies graduate certificate is designed to cultivate the student’s conception of disability, focusing on social/intersectional contexts and cultural representations of disability. This certificate employs an interdisciplinary approach that adds breadth to the traditional, primarily medical, view of disability. It reframes the study of disability within social, cultural and political perspectives, using a minority group model to critically examine existing beliefs, images, ideologies, policies, and stereotypes about disability. Emphasizing the creation of new knowledge and consequent practical implications, certificate requirements will focus on examining theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches to the study of disability culture, at different levels of analysis, locally and globally. Students will develop appropriate research skills, concepts, methodologies and theoretical perspectives that support much-needed, creative research on disability.