Online Disability History and Culture course -

Disability History and Culture - "From Homer to Hip Hop" is an online course offered by the Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa in the spring term from January 12, 2015 to May 15, 2015.

An online (asynchronous-access at your own time) 3 credit course
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Steven Brown, Professor
Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa

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 & all other disciplines, e.g.: art, ethnic studies, psychology, political science, interdisciplinary studies, education, public policy, communications, American studies, special education, health sciences, sociology, architecture, & social work.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION (NOTE: This course is offered only via Outreach College):
(CRN: 3098):

The course is listed at: Spring 2015 Extension Class Availability (

(1) UH Manoa students may register through the Outreach College.

(2) Current UH system students registering for a 300-level or higher course, can call the Outreach office at (808)956-7221 to see about qualifying for a “Campus” override & any other approvals needed to register without having to complete an application. More information is at:

(3) All other students, including those at 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.

The Center on Disability Studies (CDS) is a University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents recognized Center focused upon development and conduct of interdisciplinary education / training, research / demonstration and evaluation, and university and community service. CDS consists of several focused Centers and Programs that reflect the mission and vision of the Center on Disability Studies:

  • Hawai‘i University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD)
  • Pacific Basin University Centers for Excellence in Education, Research, and Service for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (PBUCE)
  • National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports (NCSPES): A Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC)
  • National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET): A Collaborative National Technical Assistance Partnership with the University of Minnesota

Further information on the Centre can be found on its website: