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Applied Ethics

Study of a particular topic in applied ethics.

Faculty of Philosophy >> Philosophy (General)

Minimize schedule Course schedule for the session: Fall 2017
Section Schedule Day Location Professor
PHI 4121 W00
Disability, Normality and Ethics
Course offered in English
September 06 - December 06 TBA Online Monique Lanoix
Section Schedule Day Location Professor
PHI 4121 000
Disability, Normality and Ethics
Course offered in English
September 06 - December 06 Wednesday 17:30 - 20:30 GIG264 Monique Lanoix

The disabled body has long been a site of exclusion. However, over the last decades disabled activists and theorists have challenged the unquestioned standards of normality implicit in our theories and our social arrangements. Their call for social justice reaches beyond a simple re-organization of social spaces; it beckons a critique of the foundational assumptions that are so deeply embedded in our societies as to appear normal.  By using disability as a category of analysis, this course examines the hidden biases in ethical and political theories in order to open up a space to re-imagine more inclusive futures.

  • To grasp the impact of critical disability studies
  • To understand how disability can be a category of analysis
  • To examine the challenges raised by disability critiques
  • To question the implicit assumptions of able-bodiedness and able-mindedness
  • To understand the manner in which disability studies can work with and also challenge other fields, such as queer studies and feminist theories
  • Active participation: 10%    
  • Mid-term examination: 25%
  • Summary of readings: 2 at 5% each 
  • Major research paper: 30%      
  • Final examination: 25%
  • Two exams: one given at the mid-term point and a final, both requiring knowledge of the material seen in class.
  • Summary of readings 
  • Active participation in class
  • A major research paper
Mandatory Reading
  • Alison Kafer, Feminist, Queer, Crip, Indiana University Press, 2013.
  • Susan Wendell, The Rejected Body, Routledge, 1996.
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