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Disability Studies


The interdisciplinary Disability Studies program offers 3-Year BA, 4-Year BA, and Honours BA degrees jointly with the Disability and Community Support program at Red River College; students graduate with both a University of Winnipeg degree and Red River diploma.

Disability Studies is cross-disability (all disabilities rather than one), intersectional (disability in conjunction with race, gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality, etc.), and based in the social model of disability rather than the bio-medical model. From this perspective a lack of ramps is considered disabling, not the fact that someone uses a wheelchair.

The focus of the Disability Studies program at the University of Winnipeg is the critical analysis of disability in society. This includes the study of disability as a social, cultural, historical, and political construction. Students are encouraged to examine a wide range of topics such as human rights, ethics, social movements, theory, family, sexuality, employment, socialization, aging, education, international development, and gender issues.

"Disability Studies Program Update" written on colourful background

DIS-3001 is no longer a required course for a major in Disability Studies. The 3-Year BA, 4-Year BA and Honours BA now require 3 credit hours in any 3000 level DIS seminar course.

Learn more about the program.