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SPE1008/1 Disability and Society


Learning outcomes

Students who complete the course will gain knowledge about:

  • different definitions or models of disability and disability identity, as well as critiques of those definitions or models.
  • debates concerning  the role of impairment/biology in defining disability
  • Mechanisms and structures of inclusion and exclusion faced by individuals with disabilities in relation to education, employment and access to health care;
  • disability and gender, class and ethnicity (intersectional perspectives)
  • discrimination and anti-discrimination


This course provides an introduction to how disability has been defined in various historical periods and presents different theoretical approaches to disability (medical, relational, social, administrative, post-modern). It will focus on social ideologies, structural forces, power, cultural systems, and societal arrangements that have shaped the meaning and experience of disability.

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

Methods of instruction include lectures, seminar work, group work, oral presentations and literature studies.

Obligatoriske krav som må være godkjent før eksamen kan avlegges

Compulsory work requirements:

  • One literature review of a central area of the curriculum (defined in cooperation with the responsible teacher) 
  • One oral presentation of the literature review


Oral examination