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AFR 324
Critical Perspectives in Special Education Spring 2021
Division II
Cross-listed AFR 324 / PSYC 337

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What makes special education “special”? This course will explore the role, purpose, and function of special education in the United States. Given special education’s assumption of dis/ability (Baglieri, 2012), we will also create collective and individual frameworks for discussing and deconstructing dis/ability. This course will examine history, policy, and pedagogy related to special education; we will also discuss how law and school practices have systemically and systematically excluded students of color from general education classrooms, leading to the overrepresentation of Black, Indigenous, and Latinx children in special education. We will listen to narratives shared by people with dis/abilities and our educational histories to understand how personal connections to special education influence our current beliefs and future practice.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 3956
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Assignments for the course include ongoing journal assignments, two 3-5 page papers, and a final project.
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: Africana Studies concentrators and Psychology Majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AFR 324 Division II PSYC 337 Division II
Attributes: AFR Core Electives
PSYC Area 3 - Developmental Psychology
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