HSDS 399

The Disability Experience in Television and Film

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective January 10, 2016 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

The Disability Experience in Television and Film will analyze current and historical stereotypes and myths, as well as current trends, relevant to the participation and portrayal of people with disabilities in television and film.

Learning outcomes


  • Examine representation of disabilities in the media of television and film.
  • Identify the myths and stereotypes of disabilities portrayed in television and film.
  • Analyze examples of the depiction of disabilities in television and film.
  • Demonstrate the ability to critique television and film portrayals of disabilities.
  • Create a critical analysis using research applied to disability representation in a selected film.
  • Explore theories relevant to the representation of disabilities in popular culture.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

Goal 7: Human Diversity

  • Understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States' history and culture.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
  • Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.
  • Describe and discuss the experience and contributions (political, social, economic, etc.) of the many groups that shape American society and culture, in particular those groups that have suffered discrimination and exclusion.
  • Demonstrate communication skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with great population diversity.

Spring 2020

Section Title Instructor
50 The Disability Experience in Television and Film Miller, Na Books Course details