The MA (Critical Disability Studies) explores disability studies from a critical perspective. It is unique in that it contributes to emerging research examining the systemic social, political, legal and economic barriers to the full societal inclusion of persons with disabilities.
The program’s interdisciplinary approach is informed by various academic fields including law, anthropology, health studies, geography, economics, education, labour studies, political science, social work, sociology, identity politics, gender studies, refugee and immigration studies, history and aging studies. Theories of human rights form the basis for understanding how existing legal, economic and social rationales for inclusion relate to systemic inequality and oppression.
Offered on a full-time (one year) or part-time (two years) basis, the Critical Disability Studies program provides an innovative area of study for Canadian and international students with varied 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 members of community organizations and advocacy groups.
The MA (Critical Disability Studies):
- Offers a comprehensive curriculum covering major scholarly perspectives and professional issues in disability, social justice and social policy, and encouraging students to critique existing policies and practices;
- Presents theories of human rights as a basis for understanding existing legal, economic and social rationales for inclusion in relation to systemic barriers and oppression;
- Provides a structure for advanced research; and
- Provides students with research opportunities. List of completed Major Research Papers.