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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.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
Assignments for the course include ongoing journal assignments, two 3-5 page papers, and a final project.
Africana Studies concentrators and Psychology Majors
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AFR Core Electives
PSYC Area 3 - Developmental Psychology
TEAC Teaching Sequence Courses