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Disability Studies

Open Programme

Do you want to expand your knowledge about disability cultures like deaf culture or autism studies? Do you want to know how queer, race, and trans-inclusive theories contribute to the politics of disability? Then this elective course is for you!

The course Disability Studies aims to inspire you to reflect on and learn more about pressing concerns about disability. Inclusive participation in research, education, and society is key, and will be addressed through discussions about inclusive research methods, disability in a global perspective, different imaginaries and framings of disability, differences and interferences between disabilities, intersectionality, and trying out different techniques for analysing representation of disability in various media.

In collaboration with teachers, guest lecturers, and experiential experts, you will explore relations between disability and society from different perspectives. During the elective, there will be plenty of space for your own and each other’s experiences along with deepening your knowledge through historical and theoretical disability literature.

We will alternatingly discuss topics in class and organise guest seminars. Moreover, we use creative methods to accommodate different ways of exploring Disability Studies.


Prof.dr. Alice Schippers

Recommended prior knowledge

Interest and/or familiarity with disability is recommended but not needed. No prior expertise required.

Entry requirements

Open to second-year and third-year UvA Bachelor's students and other interested parties, such as contract students or students from other Dutch higher education institutions. 

Master's students can only participate if there are still spots available. Please send an email with motivation to to be placed on the waiting list. One week prior to the start of the course, you will hear whether or not you can participate.


You can find the timetable on Datanose


UvA Bachelor's students can register from 4 to 11 December 2023 in the GLASS registration rounds. Master’s students can send a short motivation to

Other interested parties such as ‘Bijvak’ students, contract students and Uva Staff members can register until two weeks prior to the start of the course, by completing the online registration form

If you have any trouble while registering, please contact us at


The main instruction language of this course is English. Nonetheless, it will be optional to submit your assignments in Dutch.


Prices can be found on the IIS website.

SDGs in education

The IIS strives to reflect current societal issues and challenges in our elective courses, honours modules and degree programmes and attempts to integrate the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in this course. For more information about these goals, please visit the SDGs website.

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