SOC 249 Disability in Society • 5 Cr.


What is 'disability?' What does it mean to be a person living with a disability? Explore how history and culture shape the experiences of people with disabilities. Topics include eugenics, popular representations like the 'freak show,' the Disability Rights Movement, and the relationship of disability, gender, race, and class.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe disabilities from a sociological perspective, contrasting it with a medical model.
  • Articulate the ways in which 'normalcy' and 'deviance' are constructed socially.
  • Explain the ways in which dominant groups discriminate against people with disabilities.
  • Discuss how the experience of disability is shaped by race, class, and gender.