Courses in Disability Studies are taught by the Texas Center for Disability Studies; these courses have been offered through the School of Social Work since 2010. These core courses provide a foundation for Disability Studies.
Note: Course number for all DS courses: SW 360K undergraduate level or SW 387R for the graduate level of each course
This web-based course provides an overview of disability policy. Topics include the history of the disability rights movement, relevant federal and state legislation, legal and ethical issues, services and supports through federal and state programs, the political economy of disability, and disability culture, advocacy, and leadership issues.
We focus on the social and cultural context of disability, with an emphasis on how disability is defined and understood at the micro and macro levels. Attitudes, language, and adjustment theories will be considered from a personalist view. A deep understanding of the longstanding social oppression of the disability community, as well as ways to initiate social change, are integral to the course.
Texas Center for Disability Studies Elective Courses
The voice of women in multiple minority statuses is largely missing from discussions of disability. This course examines the meaning and experience of being female and disabled and/or a cultural/ethnic minority member. An in-depth examination of the intersection of sex-roles stereotypes, disability stereotypes, and cultural stereotypes occurs through readings, interviews, and research.
This course studies individuals who are either chronologically older or who may be experiencing functional changes typical of older persons. This course identifies strategies for supports for families, friends, service providers, organizations, and members of the community to improve the lives of older persons. Topics include the aging process, a paradigm for dementia care, specific medical concerns, community membership, community building, team building, decision making, and family supports.
This course covers life-span issues for individuals with developmental disabilities. Topics include the impact of social and cultural values, including attitudes toward children and adults with developmental disabilities, institutionalization, service options, sexuality, forced sterilization, self-advocacy movements, and aging.
This course provides teachers, professionals in the disability field, self-advocates, and families strategies for working with, and supporting families who have a member with a disability. Originally developed by family members, it has been updated with input from individuals with disabilities. Topics include: philosophy of family support and self-determination, cultural competence in supporting families, assessing needs and determining supports, identifying and coordinating resources, skills for working together with families and self-advocates, and evaluating family support.
In this course, we will review the intersection of sexuality and disability and the complex historical influences that impact discussions of sexuality in relationship to disability. The intersection of sexuality and disability is rarely acknowledged or analyzed. People with disabilities have been viewed as asexual, hypersexual, or as victims, where their agency as sexual beings is overlooked. This course will explore the social justice issues surrounding disability and sexuality using the perspective of social work values and ethics to guide learning. Particular attention will be given to the concepts of diversity and inclusion in relation to disability and sexuality.
University-wide Elective Courses
|Six hours chosen from:||6|
|ALD 322||Individual Differences|
|ANT 302||Cultural Anthropology|
|ANT 349C||Human Variation|
|CSD 306K||Introduction to Communication Disorders|
|CSD 308K||Perspectives on Deafness|
|E 376M||Studies in Ethnic American Literature|
|EDP 376T||Topics in Educational Psychology|
|N 347||Specialized Topics in Nursing|
|SED 303||Autism Spectrum Disorder: Truths and Consequences|
|S W 311||Introductory Topics in Social Work (Topic 1: Sign Language for Social Workers I)|
|KIN 352K||Studies in Human Movement: Topical Studies|
|KIN 360||Programming for People with Disabilities|
|S W 360K||Current Social Work Topics|
|All courses in the disability studies minor must be taken on a letter grade basis, and students must earn a minimum grade of a C.|
Nick Winges-Yanez, LMSW, PhD - firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Sharp, PhD - email@example.com
Texas Center for Disability Studies I Phone: 512-232-0740 I disabilitystudies.utexas.edu