Disability: Perceptions, Experience and Policy (KSK_220)
To acquaint students with disability as a phenomenon that reveals the values, goals, attitudes and communication practices of particular societies and their groups, including perceptions of inter-generational relationships, gender relations, the norm and deviance, social justice, care and independence.
Knowledge of qualitative social research methods.
• Knowledge and understanding of theoretical models of disability explanation.
• Knowledge of the main legislation governing the rights of people with disability internationally and in Latvia.
• Knowledge and understanding of the directions of disability research in sociology, anthropology, bioethics, history and other branches.
• Analyse and discuss in a reasoned way historically changing disability policy guidelines, including in the light of international and national legislation.
• Analyse, explain, evaluate and compare country-specific disability policies from the point of view of the self-defined needs and interests of people with disabilities, including from a personal narrative point of view.
• Critically reflect on methodology to be used in social studies on people affected by disability.
• Critically evaluate media representation of people affected by disability and their groups.
• Develop business-like and inclusive communication with associations and organisations protecting people with disabilities and their interests.
• Provide an understanding and knowledge-based policy document and policy assessment, as well as put forward proposals and suggestions for tackling problems.