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Quirky Citizenship: Autism in the Political Imagination

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-412

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Kristin Bumiller (Section 01)


[SC, IL] This course will explore how autism as both a medical diagnosis and a social category has gained significance over the past forty years. The course will situate the study of autism in the broader framework of the disability rights movement. We will consider the evidence for its characterization as an “epidemic” and how medical experts, parents, and autistic individuals have challenged and collaborated with each other. The study of autism will also be viewed in relation to wide-ranging political concerns, including vaccination and public health, economic costs of care, gender identities, and the growth of bio-medical power. This course satisfies the advanced seminar requirement for the Department of Political Science.

Requisite: An Introductory course in political science or its equivalent. Limited to 18 students. Spring semester. Professor Bumiller.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to Political Science majors.


Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Research, Attention to Writing


2017-18: Offered in Spring 2018