DIS 397: DISABILITY HISTORY AND CULTURE: FROM HOMER TO HIP HOP - Online Course from the Centre of Disability Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Fall 2012 (August 21-Dec. 4, 2012) 

An online (asynchronous—access at your own time) 3 credit course.

Instructor: Dr. Steven Brown, Associate Professor, Center on

Disability Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

Email:,  Tel: 808-956-0996.

Overview to the history of disability from a disability studies perspective, a multidisciplinary and global approach to studying disability perspectives, focused on personal and collective responses to difference(s) based on disability.

Learn how a broad range of societies have treated people with disabilities.

Read & discuss policies, perceptions, living conditions, and roles of persons with disabilities historically, individually and collectively.

Address ideas of impairment; politics and legislation; diversity, advocacy, and education.

Historical perspectives will provide insight into current perceptions of disability issues.

Skills to be developed include critical thinking;

Organizing and conveying information in writing and orally.


Upper division undergraduate students in history and other disciplines such as: art, ethnic studies, psychology, political science, interdisciplinary studies, education, public policy, communications, American studies, special education, health sciences, sociology, architecture, & social work, for some examples.

NOTE TO GRADUATE STUDENTS: If you are interested in taking this course as a graduate level course, please contact me directly at:

(1) UH Manoa students: Course is listed on "Fall” CRN: 78662 at:

Current UH Manoa students may register now over MyUH registration system ( and at “Fall Extension” (CRN: 1089) at:

(2) Students from other UH campuses and all other universities: To register, non-UH students first complete an Outreach College application form ( (Application processing takes 5 working days.) Once the application has been processed, students will be notified and can log into MyUH to register.

Steven E. Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Center on Disability Studies
1776 University Ave., UA4-6
University of Hawai‘i
Honolulu, HI 96822
808-956-7878 (fax)
Skype:  stevenebrown
Twitter:  disculture
Co-Founder: Institute on Disability Culture