May 23, 2019  
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 

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SPGN 251 - Introduction to Inclusion and Disabilities Studies in a Diverse Society (Gen Edu Area III)

An introductory survey course providing the historical, philosophical and organizational factors leading to the enactment of federal and state laws, rules, and regulations governing person with disabilities, including those in special education. Characteristics, educational and functional considerations, and implication of all areas of exceptionalities are addressed.

Credit Hours: 3 hrs
Previously Listed As: Education of Students with Exceptionalities
Course Revisions: Title change from “Education of Students with Exceptionalities” to “Introduction to Inclusion and Disabilities Studies in a Diverse Society,”effective Summer 2013

Area III- Perspectives on a Diverse World- U.S. Diversity

SPGN 251 - Introduction to Inclusion and Disabilities Studies in a Diverse Society

This course introduces students to issues of diversity in American society, workplace, schools, and community through an examination of the historical and contemporary lived experiences of persons with disabilities in the United States. As such, it fulfills the U.S. Diversity requirement of the General Education Curriculum. The course explores how persons with disabilities have been denied the guarantees of liberty and equal protection of the laws provided for in the U.S. Constitution and traces the disabilities rights movement as its participants challenged unjust laws and fought social intolerance, prejudice, and stereotypes in order to participate more fully in the social, political, and economic life of the nation. Given that almost one-fifth of people in the United States have disability, students will likely interact with, or may become a member of, this important subgroup of American citizens. Through this course, students will acquire an understanding of the cultural complexity of disability in American society. The accumulation of readings, discussions, and activities will prepare students to apply concepts and practices of inclusion belonging, and institutional transformation in their future workplace and social experiences.
Last Updated: Gen Edu Approval 5/2013, effective Winter 2014; title and description change 2/2013, effective Summer 2013

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