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SPE1008/1 Disability and Society


Students who complete the course will gain the following learning outcome:


  • has knowledge about different constructions of disability and disability identity, as well as critical perspectives regarding predominant understandings of disability
  • has knowledge about mechanisms and structures of inclusion and exclusion faced by individuals in relation to participation in different areas of society and social life
  • can distinguish between stigmatisation, discrimination and anti-discrimination
  • has insight into different perspectives such as human rights, diversity and sustainability


  • to critically engage in debates concerning the role of impairment/body related and mental aspects in defining disability
  • can identify barriers to participation in various contexts of life, e.g., education; work; living/housing, culture, sport
  • understand disability in a broader context such as gender, class and ethnicity (incl. intersectionality perspective)

General competence

  • be able to follow an international academic course at the university level
  • be able to have an academic presentation in English
  • has the ability to develop a literature review to an international audience


  • This course provides an overview of how disability as an internationally debated concept has been constructed around different areas; impairment, gender, sex, ethnicity, socio-economic background etc.
  • This is related to different perspectives such as human rights, diversity and sustainability.
  • It focuses on social ideologies, structural forces, power, cultural systems, and societal arrangements that have shaped the meaning and experience of disability.

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

  • Lectures
  • Seminar work
  • Group work
  • Oral presentations
  • Literature studies

Obligatoriske krav som må være godkjent før eksamen kan avlegges

  • One literature review of a central area of the curriculum (defined in cooperation with the responsible teacher)
  • One oral presentation of the literature review



Individual oral examination

Grades A-F

Tillatte hjelpemidler til eksamen