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Disability and Society

  • Duration: January-March
  • Spring semester , Exchange student
  • ECTS 15 ECTS
  • Application period Application deadline: 15 October

About the course

This course provides an introduction to how disability has been defined in various historical periods and presents different theoretical approaches to disability (medical, relational, social, administrative, post-modern). It will focus on social ideologies, structural forces, power, cultural systems, and societal arrangements that have shaped the meaning and experience of disability.


Recommended prerequisites

One year or 60 ECTS credits of studies within the field of pedagogics or social sciences.



To view the curriculum for SPE1008 Disability and Society, please search here. Do notice that the curriculum might not be ready until a few weeks prior to the official semester start.

Would you like to apply?

The course is available only for students coming from our partner institutions. Contact the International Coordinator at your home institution to find out if you are eligible for exchange studies at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University). Please notice that applications can be submitted for one campus only.

Learning outcome

Knowledge (students who complete the course will gain knowledge about):

  • Different definitions or models of disability and disability identity, as well as critiques of those definitions or models.
  • Debates concerning the role of impairment/biology in defining disability
  • Mechanisms and structures of inclusion and exclusion faced by individuals with disabilities in relation to education, employment and access to health care;
  • Disability and gender, class and ethnicity (intersectional perspectives)
  • Discrimination and anti-discrimination

More information


Free for exchange students

Any questions?

This study is offered by: Faculty of Education