Fall 2023

Quirky Citizenship: Autism in the Political Imagination

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-412


Kristin Bumiller (Section 01)


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 fulfills a requirement for the Five College Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice (RHRJ) certificate.

Requisite: At least one POSC course. Limited to 18 students. Fall semester. Professor Bumiller.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority given to Political Science majors.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Independent research project, group work, readings, written work, oral presentations.

POSC 412 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 2:30 PM - 5:15 PM SCCE D103


Other years: Offered in Fall 2023