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Disability Studies (DS) creates the space for rethinking traditional, medical approaches, to imagining disability, mental health and related social institutions, using a liberal arts lens to explore the variety of possible, yet uncommonly shared, meanings. We situate disability amidst contemporary, interdisciplinary debates and developments in research, policy and theory, illustrating how it touches all our lives in different spheres: family sports education, youth, workplace, art, war, aging, cultures and mobility.

King’s projects a minimum 78% final entrance average for Ontario high schools students. Averages are calculated on the top six 4U or 4M credits including English 4U.

College transfer students are required to have a minimum 2.7 GPA on an acceptable one-year certificate (General Arts and Sciences, Pre-Health Science, Human Services Foundation) or completed diploma. College transfer students may earn a maximum of five transfer credit. Individual courses must have a minimum achievement of 60% to be considered for transfer credit.

King’s projects a minimum 65% for admission for students transferring from another Canadian University. A maximum of ten transfer credit may be granted. Individual courses must have a minimum achievement of 60% to be considered for transfer credit.

  • DS 1010a/b Exploring Disability
  • DS 2201a/b Rethinking Disability
  • DS 2202 a/b Understanding Disability Labels
  • DS 2211 a/b Disability Art, Sport and Leisure
  • DS 3301 f/g Bioethical Controversies

Disability and mental health affect most of us directly or indirectly, as well as people that we will work with as colleagues, partners, clients or service providers. The new Disability Rights legislation means that familiarity with this field will continue to be a valuable asset for various careers and good citizenship. Other social changes that increase the relevance of this degree include: aging population living longer but with more disabilities, veterans returning with various conditions and a rise in diagnosis of conditions for children and youth and subsequent attention to supporting them well.

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Fee details and schedules are available at futurestudents.kings.uwo.ca/fees

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Faculty Profile

Dr. Pamela Cushing
Dr. Pamela Cushing Disability Studies

Dr. Cushing brings over a decade of experience in the field of disability studies to the classroom. A key field learning that she weaves into curriculum design that there are many possible ways to interpret what it means to live well with disability; this means that it is vital to teach students analytical tools and concepts, not just role answers.

"The primary goal I have in designing the courses in this Disability Studies module is to give students a sense of all the ways that disability, chronic illness and mental health matters live in our cultural imagination and increasingly influence laws, workplaces, education policy, and sports and leisure in dynamic and interesting ways that will affect all of us directly or indirectly. These courses give them both the classic liberal arts conceptual framework that King's is known for, as well as a pathway for positioning themselves in distinct ways once they graduate."


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