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Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies
(Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)
2201 Dunton Tower

Program Requirements

Minor in Disability Studies (4.0 credits)

The minor is available to all undergraduate degree students.
1.  1.0 credit in:1.0
DBST 1001 [0.5]
Introduction to Disability Studies
DBST 4001 [0.5]
Disability Studies: Policy and Activism
2.  1.0 credit from:1.0
HUMR 4303 [0.5]
Disability Rights
SOWK 4300 [0.5]
Social Work and Persons with Disabilities
SXST 3103 [0.5]
Sexuality and Disability
3.  1.0 credit in approved electives at the 1000 level or higher1.0
4.  1.0 credit in approved electives at the 3000-level or higher1.0
5. The remaining requirements of the major discipline(s) and degree must be satisfied.
Total Credits4.0


  1. Courses used to fulfil Items 2 and 3 above must be from more than one discipline.
  2. Other courses may be substituted for the credits specified in Items 2 and 3, when material on disability is central to the course. Such substitutions must be individually approved by the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS). Students are encouraged to consult course descriptions of Special Topics courses.
Note: access to these courses is not guaranteed, and may depend on space availability and the satisfaction of other requirements such as course prerequisites.
ANTH 3310 [0.5]Studies in Medical Anthropology
ANTH 4780 [0.5]Anthropology of Personhood
Child Studies
CHST 3001 [0.5]Vulnerable Children: Risk, Resilience and Protection
CHST 4000 [0.5]Children, Policy and Practice
First Year Seminars (FYSM)
FYSM 1504 [1.0]Society and the Designed Environment
HIST 3515 [0.5]Madness in Modern Times
Human Rights
HUMR 3504 [0.5]Public Health and Human Rights
LAWS 3503 [0.5]Equality and Discrimination
LAWS 3508 [0.5]Health Law
LING 2604 [0.5]Communication Disorders I
LING 3604 [0.5]Communication Disorders II
PSYC 2301 [0.5]Introduction to Health Psychology
PSYC 2500 [0.5]Foundations of Developmental Psychology
PSYC 3505 [0.5]Exceptional Children
Public Administration
PADM 4221 [0.5]Health Policy in Canada
PADM 4817 [0.5]Health Policy in Developing Countries
Social Work
SOWK 4300 [0.5]Social Work and Persons with Disabilities
SOCI 2050 [0.5]Sociology of Health
SOCI 3050 [0.5]Studies in the Sociology of Health
SOCI 3056 [0.5]Women and Health
Technology, Society, Environment Studies
TSES 3001 [0.5]Technology-Society Interactions
Women's and Gender Studies
WGST 2803 [0.5]Body Matters: The Politics of Bodies
WGST 2807 [0.5]Issues in Reproductive Health
WGST 4807 [0.5]Gender and Health in a Globalized World

Disability Studies (DBST) Courses

DBST 1001 [0.5 credit]
Introduction to Disability Studies

Challenging negative stereotypes of disability by allowing students the opportunity to explore disability through many different venues including history, theory, culture, ethics, policy and disability rights. Reframing disability from personal tragedy to issues of oppression, access, inclusion and equality.
Lectures and discussion groups three hours per week.

DBST 4001 [0.5 credit]
Disability Studies: Policy and Activism

The complex legal, policy and discursive frameworks that shape the lives of persons with disability and the history of the emergence of the disability rights movement as a scholarly and activist challenge to, and renegotiation of, those frameworks.
Prerequisite(s): third or fourth year standing or permission of the Institute.
Lectures three hours per week.

Summer session: some of the courses listed in this Calendar are offered during the summer. Hours and scheduling for summer session courses will differ significantly from those reported in the fall/winter Calendar. To determine the scheduling and hours for summer session classes, consult the class schedule at

Not all courses listed are offered in a given year. For an up-to-date statement of course offerings for the current session and to determine the term of offering, consult the class schedule at


In addition to the requirements listed here, students must satisfy:

  1. the University regulations including the process of Academic Performance Evaluation (see the Academic Regulations of the University section of this Calendar).