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Pauline Jewett Institute of Women's and Gender Studies
(Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)

Program Requirements

Minor in Disability Studies (4.0 credits)

The minor is available to all undergraduate degree students.
1.  1.5 credits in:1.5
DBST 1001 [0.5]
Introduction to Disability Studies
DBST 2001 [0.5]
Disabling Society
DBST 3001 [0.5]
Disability Studies: Policy and Activism
2.  1.0 credit from:1.0
Disability and Childhood: Transnational Perspectives
HUMR 3304 [0.5]
Disability Rights
SOWK 4300 [0.5]
Social Work and Persons with Disabilities
SXST 3103 [0.5]
Sexuality and Disability
3.  1.5 credits in approved electives at the 1000 level or higher1.5
4. 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
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
HUMR 4305 [0.5]Disability and Social Justice
LAWS 3503 [0.5]Equality and Discrimination
LAWS 3508 [0.5]Health Law
LAWS 4503 [0.5]Law, Disability and Society
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 2001 [0.5 credit]
Disabling Society

Interdisciplinary approach to the debates and theories that challenge the normative values, knowledge sources, and cultural representations of disablement in society.
Prerequisite(s): second-year standing and DBST 1001.
Lecture and discussion three hours a week.

DBST 3001 [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.
Includes: Experiential Learning Activity
Precludes additional credit for DBST 4001 (no longer offered).
Prerequisite(s): third-year standing.
Lecture three hours a week.

DBST 3301 [0.5 credit]
Introduction to Deaf Studies

A critical introduction to Deaf community and culture as they relate to a social model of disability, to ethnicity, and to issues of diversity and inclusion. Discourse analysis of research and policy in education for Deaf students from early childhood and beyond.
Also listed as ALDS 3301.
Precludes additional credit for ALDS 3903A if taken in Winter term 2016 or Winter term 2018, and ALDS 4906A if taken in Fall term 2016.
Prerequisite(s): third-year standing in Linguistics or Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies or enrolment in the Minor in Disability Studies.
Seminars three hours a week.

DBST 3304 [0.5 credit]
Disability and Childhood: Transnational Perspectives

Drawing on theory and research in disabled children’s childhood studies, sociology of childhood, disability studies, and girlhood studies, this course examines the discursive and material constructions of disabled youth and childhood in transnational contexts in relation to emerging neo-colonial, neo-imperialist, and neo-liberal ideologies.
Also listed as CHST 3304.
Prerequisite(s): third-year standing in Childhood and Youth Studies or Disability Studies.
Lecture three hours a week.

DBST 3900 [0.5 credit]
Independent Study

Essays, discussions, and/or examinations based on a bibliography constructed by the student in consultation with an instructor.
Prerequisite(s): third or fourth-year standing in the Disability Studies Minor and a CGPA of 9.0 or higher.

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).