Spring 2025

Disabling Institutions

Listed in: , as EDST-437  |  Political Science, as POSC-437


Kristin Bumiller (Section 01)


(Offered as POSC 437 and EDST 437) This course will consider how institutions, often contrary to their intended purposes, serve to disable individuals and limit their life potential. We will examine a variety of institutions, including state bureaucracies, facilities designed to house people with mental and physical conditions, schools, and prisons. We will also consider a range of disablements, resulting from visible and invisible disabilities as well as gender, sexuality, race and class-based discrimination. We will explore how institutions might be redesigned to less rigidly enforce normalcy and to enable the political participation of individuals who currently experience social exclusion.

Limited to 18 students. Spring semester. Professor Bumiller.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference will be given to seniors and juniors

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Students will engage in a variety of modes of learning including, written work, high reading load, oral presentations, creative work, and visual analysis. In additional to the legal requirements for accommodation, efforts will be made to encourage and support diverse learning styles. The course will also as much as possible adhere to universal design principles, in an effort to make the learning accessible to all students.

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Other years: Offered in Spring 2025