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Introduction to Disability Studies
Disability in a Global Context
After completing the course, students will have familiarised themselves with living options for disabled persons and understand their significance in relation to social participation and autonomy. Students will also be able to identify factors that impact the determination of the citizenship of disabled persons, such as opportunities and barriers related to education and work. In addition, students will understand the significance of organisational and other civil society activities by disabled persons. They will also be able to compare Finnish disability policies with Nordic and European policies.
Third or fourth period
The course examines the processes of governmental and municipal services for the disabled and their ability to meet the demand. The practices and ideology of welfare services will be studied from a broader perspective.
(1) Shah, S. & Priestley, M. (2011) Disability and Social Change: Private Lives and Public Policies (224 pages).
(2) Savtschenko, V. & Suikkanen, A. & Linnakangas, R. (2010). Vammaiset ja pitkäaikaissairaat Suomen maakunnissa: prevalenssi, työllisyys, tulot ja koulutus. Yhteiskuntapolitiikka 75, 1 http://www.julkari.fi/bitstream/handle/10024/101548/savtschenko.pdf?sequ...
(3) Elisabeth Hästbacka & Mikael Nygård (2013). Disability and Citizenship. Politicians' Views on Disabled Persons' Citizenship in Finland, Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 15:2, pp. 125–142, DOI: 10.1080/15017419.2012.676566
(4) Eriksson, Susan (2008). Erot, erilaisuus ja elinolot: vammaisten arkielämä ja itsemäärääminen. Kehitysvammaliiton tutkimuksia 3 (191 pages).
(5) Imrie, Rob (2010). Disability, Embodiment, and the Meaning of the Home, in Hall, E., Chouinard, V. and Wilton, R., (eds.), Towards Enabling Geographies: ‘Disabled’ Bodies and Minds in Society and Space, Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 23–45 (reprinted from Housing Studies, 19, 5, pp. 745–763).
Graded on a scale of 0 to 5 (0 = Fail, 1 = Passable, 2 = Satisfactory, 3 = Good, 4 = Very Good, 5 = Excellent)
An essay based on lectures, seminar work and the course literature. It is advisable to seek other literature in addition to that announced during the course. The essay can be substituted with an examination.