The purpose of this undergraduate course is to provide students with opportunities designed to enhance their awareness of issues surrounding disability, including examining personal, societal, and global attitudes toward individuals with disabilities; enhancing knowledge of accessibility, and considering how to value disability through a community and cultural lens as to create a fully inclusive world. Students examine how disability is socially and culturally defined, and how disability affects aspects of personal identity, like gender, race, and culture. Historical perspectives of disability marked by fear and discrimination and fueled by media portrayals are considered as well as recent trends in personal, social, and environmental changes that result in a more inclusive, tolerant, and accommodating environment.
Why take this course in Rome?
Because this course will be offered as a study abroad program in Rome, Italy, which is a popular tourist destination, the course will include learning activities that focus on challenges people with disabilities confront while traveling and accessing sites. The city of Rome is home to many historic sites that are somewhat difficult to access for numerous reasons, including the ages of the buildings, limited sidewalks, large crowds, etc. Students will participate in activities that afford them opportunities to experience challenges first hand, reflect on what they learned, and consider ways in which they might serve as advocates for accessibility and inclusion.
Students cannot receive credit for this course if they have successfully completed Therapeutic Recreation 0813 or Geography and Urban Studies 0813.
Graduate students participating in this program will enroll in the Recreational Therapy 5250 course.