Program Goals and Learning Outcomes
These goals are conceptualized as the ultimate "ends" we hope to achieve in educating students and trainees in disability studies.
- Promote full social integration by providing knowledge, awareness, and experience of inclusion and integration of people with disabilities as a foundational ethical principle of disability studies.
- Position disability as a social justice issue by exposing students to historical and contemporary disability issues and providing learning opportunities to identify, articulate, and address inequities and injustices affecting the lives of people with disabilities.
- Position disability as diversity by providing theoretical and practical contexts for thinking about disability as a component of human diversity, and providing students with tools to critically examine social and cultural constructions of disability.
In order to assess the program and student learning, we have developed the following list of learning outcomes, which represent key areas of expertise for all students graduating with a minor in disability studies.
- Students will demonstrate competency in understanding the biopsychosocial implications of disability and in producing interdisciplinary disability studies research questions and analyses.
- Students will learn to examine and critique enabling and disabling ideological assumptions that shape social institutions, professions, policies, and systems of representation. Students will also demonstrate the ability to theoretically connect ideological assumptions about disability to those regarding gender, race, age, class, nationality, and sexual orientation.
- Students will gain knowledge and understanding about disability history, rights, policies, and contemporary issues, especially in terms of the way people with disabilities, through their own agency, advocacy, and voices, have shaped conceptions of disability in specific historical and contemporary contexts.
- Students will demonstrate improved skills in working with people with disabilities, and increased ability to understand individual and family concerns.
- Students will have a broader awareness of the applicability of disability studies knowledge to a wide range of professions, and increased understanding of specific careers related to working with people with disabilities.