Smolny Beyond Borders

A Liberal Arts Initiative

Comparative Case Studies within the Disability Rights Movement

Disability Representation in the Cultural Institutions_Shengeliya_course


Course Schedule:

F23 Sept 21 Nov 16 | Thurs 5:50 7:10 PM Berlin (UTC+2)

Professor: Vera Shengeliya
Semester: Fall 2023
Course Level: 300
Number of Bard Credits: 1
Course Title: Comparative Case Studies within the Disability Rights Movement
Max Enrollment: 22
Schedule: 10 weeks (September 21 – November 16), Thurs 5:50 – 7:10 PM Berlin (UTC + 2)
Distribution Area: no
Program: Human Rights
Cross-Listing(s): no
Language of Instruction: Russian

This course explores the disability rights movement, focusing on the distinct approaches taken by American activists, British activists and academics, and Swedish reformers. Students will be introduced to the movement’s evolution and key figures and study the pivotal events that shaped the disability rights movement in the US, UK, and Europe. By applying a comparative lens, the course will teach them how to understand the unique challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and the strategies employed to advocate for their rights within different cultural, social, and political contexts.