Disability, Ethnography and Design

Special Topics in Social/Cultural Anthropology
Course Number: 
189
Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2018
Section: 
004
Location: 
Kroeber 221
Instructor: 
Karen Nakamura
Units: 
4
Time: 
M, W 10:00 am - 11:29 pm
CCN: 
15299

This course explores disability worlds in the Bay Area through the ethnographic field methods, visual anthropology, and design anthropology. What does it mean to be disabled? How are disability organizations in the Bay Area trying to accomplish social and political change? What is the disability world? Through close participant observation and iterative design, students will work closely with local organizations and disabled individuals on projects ranging from the creation of ethnographic and documentary films, the construction of assistive devices, and the documentation of disabled lives and history.  Aside from the weekly meetings, students will be expected to spend considerable time embedded in the community and to work on joint and individual projects for the course.  There are no course prerequisites and students at any level in any major can participate.