The Disability Studies program allows students to examine the policies and practices of all societies in order to understand the social, rather than the physical or psychological, determinants of the experience of disability. This focus shifts the emphasis from a prevention, treatment, remediation paradigm to a social, cultural, political one.
U of M offers an interdisciplinary Master’s Degree Program in Disability Studies, and a graduate level Option in Disability Studies that is available to both Master’s and Doctoral students. Students in the Master’s Program can apply their undergraduate degrees and work experience to pursue advanced interdisciplinary research and scholarship. Students taking the Option in Disability Studies can complement their major program area of study with coursework that analyzes the social construction of disability.
The Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Disability Studies is a joint program initiative of the University of Manitoba and the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies. This is the first graduate program of its kind in Canada. Experts from community disability organizations are involved in the course delivery as guest speakers, lecturers or facilitators as provided for by University regulations.
The Interdisciplinary Master’s Degree in Disability Studies program allows the pursuit of interdisciplinary graduate education in this area. It also accommodates students from other faculties and professions who are interested in enhancing their knowledge in the field. The program presents a core body of courses in the field of Disability Studies, while at the same time, provides a broad complement of discipline-specific electives in other departments and faculties, with a diverse group of faculty members with expertise in Disability Studies.
no accreditation exists for this program