Our program contributes to emerging research examining the systemic barriers to the full societal inclusion of persons with disabilities.
The MA program takes an interdisciplinary approach informed by various academic fields including law, anthropology, health studies, history, geography, economics, education, labour studies, political science, social work, sociology, identity politics, gender studies, and refugee and immigration studies. Theories of human rights form the basis for understanding how existing legal, economic and social rationales for inclusion relate to systemic barriers and oppression.
The program is offered full or part-time to students from a variety of backgrounds, including persons with disabilities engaged in the disability rights movement, government bureaucrats, professionals in the field of disability and people working in non-governmental organizations such as community organizations and advocacy groups.
You’ll have the opportunity to attend refereed conferences, publish in refereed journals and produce op-ed pieces right from your first year.
The PhD, a pioneering program in Canada, offers a comprehensive curriculum covering major scholarly perspectives. It is offered on a full-time basis only.
The program structure and environment encourages advanced research, new scholarship and other opportunities to contribute to the field, enabling a multi-disciplinary group of students to explore disability from a critical perspective in relation to social policy, social justice, human rights issues, and social movements in Canada and internationally.
Important Dates, Deadlines & Upcoming Events
On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, all administrative offices in the School of Health Policy & Management will be closed from noon to 2pm.
Current News & Announcements
(Photo Credit B. Anne Jackson - From left to right: Cameron Wells, host of Hand-Link; graduate students Ann Jackson, Sukaina Dada, Scott White, Russell Rozinskis; Professor Marcia Rioux; graduate student Michelle Shelley)
Several graduate students and Professor Marcia Rioux in the Critical Disability Studies graduate program were interviewed about the graduate program for an upcoming broadcast on Handi-Link, hosted by Cameron Wells. Several Handi-Link episodes can be found in the Social Media section of our Critical Disability Studies website.
Recent Publications & Awards
Congratulations to PhD candidate in Critical Disability Studies, School of Health Policy & Management, Evelyn Kissi for a recent published article in Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies titled Sankofa: The Critical Nkrumahist Theory.
Congratulations to Associate Professor Geoffrey Reaume in Critical Disability Studies, School of Health Policy & Management for recent publications:
Posthumous Exploitation? The Ethics of Researching, Writing and Being Accountable as a Disability Historian (No link available)
Congratulations to Associate Professor and former Graduate Program Director in Critical Disability Studies, nancy viva davis halifax, and previous graduate student in Critical Disability Studies, Jen Rinaldi (PhD 2013), along with co-authors David Fancy, Kate Rossiter and Alex Tigchelaar for their publication Recounting Huronia Faithfully: Attenuating Our Methodology to the "Fabulation" of Truths-Telling
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