Disability Studies Courses
101. Perspectives on Disability Studies. (5) Lecture, one hour; discussion, two hours. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 101W. Creation of critical framework for understanding concept of disability from sampling of disciplinary perspectives. Organized around productive and central tension in disability studies — between disability as lived subjective experience that is both individual and communal, and disability as objective, medical, legal, and sometimes stigmatized category. Students encouraged to make connections between units and to create their own perspectives on disability in field that defines itself by how it changes. Letter grading.
101W. Perspectives on Disability Studies. (5) Lecture, one hour; discussion, two hours. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3 or English as a Second Language 36. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 101. Creation of critical framework for understanding concept of disability from sampling of disciplinary perspectives. Organized around productive and central tension in disability studies — between disability as lived subjective experience that is both individual and communal, and disability as objective, medical, legal, and sometimes stigmatized category. Students encouraged to make connections between units and to create their own perspectives on disability in field that defines itself by how it changes. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.
102. Disability and Violence. (4) Seminar, three hours. Relationship between disability and violence from three angles: (1) review of disproportionate incidence of violence committed against people with disabilities, whether specifically as form of hate crime or based on dependency and/or vulnerability that accompany some types of disability, (2) study of role of disability and particularly mental illness in representations of criminality and violence, and (3) disablement or emergent disability (injuries, illnesses, and impairments created by social inequity) as consequence of intersecting forms of racial, gender, sexual, and class subordination, or as result of state or interpersonal violence. Consideration of possible coalition-based strategies for challenging systemic subordination and prospects for improving disability-consciousness across social movement efforts and campaigns. P/NP or letter grading.
M103. Studies in Disability Literatures. (5) (Same as English M103.) Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Enforced requisite: English Composition 3 or 3H. Survey of modes of disability in literature, with specific emphasis on thematic concerns. Topics may include introduction to disability studies; race, gender, and disability; disability narratives; etc. May be repeated for credit with topic or instructor change. P/NP or letter grading.
110. Disability and Popular Culture. (4) Lecture, four hours. Drawing from disability studies, media studies, and theories of representation, examination of increasing visibility of people with disabilities in popular culture. How disability is represented and who gets to represent it. Analysis and critique of representations of people with disabilities in late 20th and early 21st century cinema and television to understand functioning of representation in popular culture. Development of critical media literacy skills. P/NP or letter grading.
111. Disability as Spectacle: Performing Nonnormative Bodies. (4) Lecture, two hours; studio, two hours. Examination through eyes of disability activists and artists interrogating how aspects of body get deemed nonnormative. Investigation of what it means to push against pressure to fit in, as well as how to contest invisibility of some disabilities that happen when normal bodies get defined visually. Use of this lens on disability to research and explore role that bodies play in political battles over who gets socially valued and who does not. P/NP or letter grading.
M114. Variable Topics in Performance and Disability Studies. (4) (Same as Theater M114.) Seminar, four hours. Analysis and critique of depiction of disability in theater. Topics may include introduction to disability studies; race, gender, and disability; representation of disability in theater; and more. May be repeated for credit with topic or instructor change. P/NP or letter grading.
M115. Enforcing Normalcy: Deaf and Disability Studies. (4) (Same as American Sign Language M115.) Lecture, three hours. Exploration of historical, medical, social, political, philosophical, and cultural influences that have constructed categories of normalcy, disability, and deafness. Building on writing of Michel Foucault and critical work in field of disability studies, inquiry into institutions that have enforced standards of normalcy throughout 19th and 20th centuries to present. Primary attention to rise of medical authority in West, history of eugenics, and contemporary bioethics issues confronting disability and deaf communities. P/NP or letter grading.
120. Special Topics on Race and Disability. (4) Lecture, four hours. Exploration of race and disability, with emphasis on lived realities of people of color with disabilities. Use of scholarly texts from disability studies, sociology, gender studies, or critical race studies to investigate and critique mechanisms and systems that shape race, ableism, and dominant/nondominant power dynamics. P/NP or letter grading.
M121. Topics in Gender and Disabilities. (4) (Same as Gender Studies M121.) Lecture, three and one half hours. Limited to juniors/seniors. Ways in which issues of disability are affected by gender, with particular attention to various roles, positions, and concerns of women with disabilities. Approach is intersectional, exploring how social categories of class, race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexuality, nationality, and citizenship affect and are affected by gender and disability. Topics may include law (civil rights, nondiscrimination), representation (arts, literature), education, public policy, health. May be repeated for credit with topic and instructor change. P/NP or letter grading.
M122. Bodies in Antiquity. (4) (Same as Classics M149.) Lecture, three hours. Investigation of individuals and groups that compose ancient Greek and Roman societies and relationship they have with larger social body, with particular focus on marginalized or minority groups such as women, noncitizens (resident aliens and provincials), slaves, children, elderly, and disabled. Examination of ways these groups contribute to or detract from our understanding of ancient society as whole. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.
M125. Exploring Intersections of Ability and Sexuality. (4) (Same as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies M125.) Lecture, three hours. Exploration of identity as means of understanding cultural formations, dominant/nondominant power dynamics, and systems of visual representation. Intersectional approach to explore how ability and sexuality intersect, overlap, and change notions of identity. Use of scholarly texts from disability studies, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies, popular culture, performance, and film to investigate factors that shape ability and sexuality as basis for identity. May be repeated for credit with topic or instructor change. P/NP or letter grading.
129. Theory, Policy, and Practice of Special Education: Implications for Educators and Advocates. (4) Lecture, three hours. Examination of issues of disability in K-12 schooling and social and historical contexts of special education policy, as well as its implementation. Focus on equity-related legal and policy issues in education, specifically those associated with disability, race, language, and gender and how these intersect. Consideration of landmark court decisions such as Brown versus Board of Education (1954) and Board of Education versus Rowley (1982), as well as key legislation such as Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). P/NP or letter grading.
M130. Disability Policy and Services in Contemporary America. (4) (Same as Gerontology M165 and Social Welfare M165.) Lecture, three hours. Limited to juniors/seniors. Growing numbers of people of all ages with disabilities are leading active and productive lives in American communities. Many others are struggling to lead such lives. Who are people with disabilities in contemporary America? How has U.S. responded over time to various needs and aspirations of people with disabilities, young and old? What demands have been made over time by disability advocates? How has government addressed demands of advocates for various disability populations? What do we know about extent to which public policies and programs are responsive to people in need? How do demographics, economics, and politics continue to influence evolving public policy responses? P/NP or letter grading.
131. Alternative Approaches to Language Acquisition. (4) (Formerly numbered M131.) Seminar, four hours. Examination of everyday experience of language delay, disorder, difference, and difficulty from disability studies perspective. Presentation of key concepts and terminology of culture, disability, and language use. Discussions and assignments critically evaluate findings on language acquisition by asking questions from disability studies about inclusion, individual- and socially constructed experience, and power. P/NP or letter grading.
138SL. Applied Autism Intervention: Multidisciplinary Perspective. (4) Seminar, 90 minutes; fieldwork, six hours. Service-learning course for undergraduate students in Early Childhood Partial Hospitalization Program (ECPHP). Introduction to history, theory, and practice of autism interventions and social and cultural factors that determine how society and medical profession understand autism as diagnostic category. Study of processes involved in identifying autism as represented in fields of psychology, neuroscience, and disability studies. Review of social versus medical model of disability and analysis of dominant as well as counter discourse on autism. Overview of broader educational issues for children living with disabilities as well as parent perceptions. P/NP or letter grading.
M139. Perspectives on Autism and Neurodiversity. (4) (Same as Psychology M139.) Seminar, three and one half hours. Genealogy of autism as diagnostic category and cultural phenomenon from its historical roots as new, rare, and obscure condition in early 1940s to its current contested status as minority identity and/or global epidemic. Examination of material sourced from various fields and disciplines invested in autism, including psychology, neuroscience, arts and humanities, popular media, anthropology, activism, and critical autism studies. Students encounter and analyze multiple perspectives on autism and put them in conversation with one another. Attention paid to way people on spectrum define, explain, and represent their own experiences of autism and discussion of what ramifications of these multiple framings are in context of autism intervention strategy and disability policy today. Letter grading.
145. Mental Disability Law. (4) Lecture, three hours. Examination of definitions and some characteristics of those conditions that legal systems recognize as mental disabilities. Review of evolution of these definitions through U.S. and Western histories, with focus on role conceptions of mental illness has played in various racial, gendered, and economic regimes. Exploration of primary approaches U.S. legal system takes to address needs, vulnerabilities, and rights of people with disabilities and of people with mental disabilities. Discussion of some key challenges and controversies affecting policy and practice in this area and varying strategies for engaging those challenges. P/NP or letter grading.
M148. Sociology of Mental Illness. (4) (Same as Sociology M148.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Analysis of major sociological and social psychological models of madness. Study of social processes involved in production, recognition, labeling, and treatment of mental illness. P/NP or letter grading.
M149. Disability Rights Law. (4) (Same as Sociology M120.) Lecture, four hours. Examination of disability-related issues impacting people of all ages across wide spectrum of settings in both public and private sectors — from preschool to higher education, from military to workplace, and from intensely urban environments to online and virtual worlds. Topics range from persistent and recurring disputes to novel controversies fueled by new technologies and changing times. P/NP or letter grading.
150. Human Rights, International Development, and Disability. (4) Lecture, three hours. Basic introduction to theories of human rights, sociology of development, and contemporary rights-based development theory and practice. International disability rights movement to serve as case study, following passage of U.N. Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2006 to changes on ground in developing countries that are occurring today. Offered in summer only. P/NP or letter grading.
M157. Rechoreographing Disability. (4) (Same as Dance M157.) Seminar, four hours. Through study of range of performance by, featuring, or about people who identify as disabled, reading and discussion of range of writing about experiences of disability and process of making work about disability by key artists and thinkers. Introduction to concept of choreography as political/cultural idea broadly defined as scored movement and organization and behavior of bodies, as well as choreography as poetic form for expression of ideas, creative tool, or product. Viewing and discussion of work, and embodying ideas through movement and dance-making. P/NP or letter grading.
M161. Sports, Normativity, and Body. (4) (Same as Gender Studies M161.) Lecture, four hours. Since creation of International Olympic Committee in 1894, athletes with disabilities have had, and been denied, formal opportunities to compete with able-bodied athletes. Overview of some major topics of discussion concerning intersections of athletic competition and disability, addressing variety of perspectives and themes on disability and sport, such as passing, sports integration, competition versus charity, and masculinity. Sources include readings, film, television, and biographical writings that address sports, body and disability generally, and Special Olympics specifically. P/NP or letter grading.
M164A. Documentary Production for Social Change: Mobility in Los Angeles. (5) (Same as Urban Planning M164A.) Seminar, three hours; fieldwork, two hours. Exploration of documentary filmmaking as catalyst for social change, using daily commute in Los Angeles as case study. Introduction to issues of race, ethnicity, gender, disability, and class on experiences of commuting, access to public transportation, and car-based versus alternative (bike and pedestrian) forms of commuting. Exposure to observational, interview-based, and participatory documentary shooting and editing techniques, as well as social marketing strategies that are vital to documentary production and distribution. Letter grading.
164B. Documenting Dis/Ability on Film. (4) Lecture, four hours. Nonfiction digital media is used as contemporary form of investigation or research or is attached to research projects, built into websites, used in campaigns for social and political activism, and exhibited at film festivals. Social-issue documentaries appear more frequently on cable, public television, and Internet. Examination of how powerful documentaries still rely on well-told stories by passionate filmmakers. P/NP or letter grading.
M166. Future of Humanity: Bioethics of Health and Disability. (4) (Same as Society and Genetics M166.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Should parents choose to have abortion if their fetus will likely have disability? Should person decide to end their own life through physician-aided dying? Is disability form of human variation we can live well with, disease we should eliminate, or mistake we should cut out of genetic code? Study of ethics of health and disability with critical discussions of topics including human reproduction, genetic manipulation, and end-of-life treatment and care. Consideration of concepts such as freedom, kinship, dignity, advocacy, equal rights, and good life to challenge how we think of modern humanity, structure of our world, and how we live our lives. P/NP or letter grading.
M171. Philanthropy: Confronting Challenges of Serving Disabled. (5) (Formerly numbered 171.) (Same as Honors Collegium M170.) Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 101 or 101W. Study of history, philosophy, and practice of philanthropy using lens of disability studies theory in conversation with important themes of charity, paternalism, and systems of dependency. Analysis of multiple perspectives of philanthropy to gain practical experience setting priorities and making philanthropic investments in Los Angeles-based nonprofit organizations serving people with disabilities. Letter grading.
M183. Being Human: Identity in Age of Genomics and Neuroscience. (5) (Same as Honors Collegium M183.) Seminar, three hours. Exploration of relationship between identity and mental illness through different approaches to nature and treatment of mental disorder, from biomedical accounts of brain-based pathology (and identity) to Mad Pride movement emphasis on mental diversity. Enduring philosophical questions regarding personal identity, consciousness, selfhood and mind-body relationship are investigated through consideration of conditions such as dissociative identity disorder, trauma, psychosis, autism, and depression. P/NP or letter grading.
187. Special Topics in Disability Studies. (4) Lecture, one hour; discussion, two hours (when scheduled). Variable topics in one area within disability studies. May be repeated for credit with topic and/or instructor change. P/NP or letter grading.
189. Advanced Honors Seminars. (1) Seminar, three hours. Limited to 20 students. Designed as adjunct to undergraduate lecture course. Exploration of topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities and led by lecture course instructor. May be applied toward honors credit for eligible students. Honors content noted on transcript. P/NP or letter grading.
189HC. Honors Contracts. (1) Tutorial, three hours. Limited to students in College Honors Program. Designed as adjunct to upper-division lecture course. Individual study with lecture course instructor to explore topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities. May be repeated for maximum of 4 units. Individual honors contract required. Honors content noted on transcript. Letter grading.
191. Variable Topics Senior Research Seminars: Disability Studies. (5) Seminar, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 101 or 101W. Designed for advanced junior/senior Disability Studies minors. In-depth study of major themes in disability studies research. Themes vary by instructor and term. Students pursue independent research related to course theme, with guidance from instructor, then share and critique other student works in progress. May be repeated for credit with topic change. Letter grading.
194. Capstone Research Seminar. (2) Seminar, two hours. Enforced requisite: course 195CE. Required of students pursuing Disability Studies minor. Integration of off-campus work with academic theories and concepts within field of disability studies. Students report on their internship experiences and analyze relationship between their internship and issues of policy, ethics, systemic responses to community needs, or personal and intellectual transformations. Students identify one faculty mentor and develop proposal for required capstone research project. Letter grading.
195CE. Community and Corporate Internships in Disability Studies. (4) Tutorial, to be arranged; fieldwork, eight to 10 hours. Limited to juniors/seniors. Internship in corporate, governmental, or nonprofit setting coordinated through Center for Community Learning. Students complete weekly written assignments, attend biweekly meetings with graduate student coordinator, and write final research paper. Faculty sponsor and graduate student coordinator construct series of reading assignments that examine issues related to internship site. May be repeated for credit with consent of Center for Community Learning. Individual contract with supervising faculty member required. Letter grading.
196. Research Apprenticeship in Disability Studies. (4) Tutorial, one hour. Limited to junior/senior Disability Studies minors. Entry-level research apprenticeship under guidance of faculty mentors affiliated with Disability Studies minor. Collaboration with faculty mentors on their research in area related to disability studies. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract required. Letter grading.
198A-198B. Honors Research in Disability Studies. (2-4) Tutorial, one hour. Enforced requisite: course 101 or 101W. Course 198A is enforced requisite to 198B. Limited to juniors/seniors. Required capstone course to Disability Studies minor for students pursuing College Honors. Development and completion of honors thesis or comprehensive research project under direct supervision of faculty member. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract required. In Progress (198A) and letter (198B) grading.
198C. Honors Research in Disability Studies. (2 to 8) Tutorial, one hour. Limited to juniors/seniors. Development and completion of honors thesis or comprehensive research project under direct supervision of faculty member. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract required. Letter grading.
199A-199B. Directed Research in Disability Studies. (2-4) Tutorial, one hour. Enforced requisite: course 101 or 101W. Course 199A is enforced requisite to 199B. Limited to juniors/seniors. Required capstone course to Disability Studies minor. Supervised individual research or investigation under guidance of faculty mentor. Culminating paper or project required. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract required. In Progress (199A) and letter (199B) grading.
199C. Senior Project in Disability Studies. (2 to 8) Tutorial, one hour. Limited to juniors/seniors. Supervised individual research or investigation under guidance of faculty mentor. Culminating paper or project required. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract required. Letter grading.
375. Teaching Apprentice Practicum. (1 to 4) Seminar, to be arranged. Preparation: apprentice personnel employment as teaching assistant, associate, or fellow. Teaching apprenticeship under active guidance and supervision of regular faculty member responsible for curriculum and instruction at UCLA. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.