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Disability Studies

Disability Studies is an interdisciplinary program focused on the critical analysis of disability in society which includes the study of disability as a social, scientific, cultural, historical, and political construction.

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Full-time: 3 years / 4 years
Starting in: January, September
Tuition Fee: 15,240 CAD per year
Location: Winnipeg Campus, Winnipeg, Canada

Disability Studies will challenge you to think about “disability” and “ability” in a new way. Using a social model lens, the problem becomes a lack of ramps rather than the fact that someone uses a wheelchair. In this program students will begin from an examination and critique of the bio-medical model of disability.

Topics to be considered include human rights, ethics and accountability, adaptive physical activity, sport and recreation, social movements, normalcy, eugenics, genetic engineering, family, sexuality, employment, socialization and development, aging, education, adaptive and universal design, and gender issues.

Career Possibilities

Opportunities are available in a wide variety of areas, such as teaching, research, policy analysis in various levels of government, the non-profit sector, the health care sector, the tourism sector, etc.

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What our students say

“The Disability Studies program is so community-based, open and welcoming, as well as educational and inspiring, that it’s sure to keep the interest of students as the battle continues for equality for all.”

Tessa Blaikie, Honours Sociology Student who has taken Disability Studies I and Theorizing Disability