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Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391


16 / 33 - Early Spring Session
January - February 2017

Course Syllabus

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Course Syllabus
16 / 33 - Early Spring Session
January - February 2017
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

Course Prefix and Number: HUMS 375 A
Course Title: Disabilities
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Class Day and Time: Tue 
5:30 PM -9:30 PM
Additional Notes:

This course is web-enhanced, taught entirely in a classroom setting using D2L course management software to supplement in-seat content.


Catalog Description

Examination of issues faced by persons with disabilities and the social injustice which they have historically experienced. Different theories or approaches used to understand the situation of persons with disabilities are examined. Particular issues and areas of need experienced by individuals having different types of disabilities (mobility, sensory, cognitive, etc.) are explored. It considers the consequences and dynamics of systemic barriers that threaten to compromise or exclude the participation of persons with disabilities in social, economic and political processes. Various perspectives on equality are explored from the point of view of their impact on this vulnerable population. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.


Sophomore standing.


Disability: A Diversity Model Approach in Human Service Practice 3rd edition
Author: Mackelsprang, R. & Salesgiver, R. (Brooks/Cole)
ISBN: 9780190656409

Course Objectives

· To examine the dynamics of discrimination.
· To explore methods of assisting persons with disabilities.
· To examine systemic barriers to participation in society and strategies to overcome those barriers.
· To explore disability theory.
· To describe the role of interdisciplinary team members.
· To examine ethical considerations related to this population.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

· Find, understand and summarize empirically-based research.
· Explain the roles of interdisciplinary team members.
· Describe systemic barriers and ways to overcome those barriers.
· Explain discrimination of persons with disabilities and avenues to combat discrimination.
· Explain the needs of persons with disabilities.

Instructional Methods

Lecture and Discussion of Text, Case Study Presentation, Class Project, Research Paper, Current Events, and In-class Research Reviews.

Graded Activities

Written Exams30 Points30% of grade
Description -

A midterm exam over 7 chapters of the Mackelsprang & Salesgiver text and a final exam over 8 chapters of the Mackelsprang & Salesgiver text.

Written Assignments35 Points35% of grade
Description -

Three assignments consisting of one research paper and two small assignments covering a current event  and a research review summary. APA format is required.

Method of Evaluation -

Detailed rubrics are provided for all written assignments and class time will be spent discussing the fine details of each project.

Class Activities35 Points35% of grade
Description -

As the topic of Disabilities lends itself to assumptions, values, and attitudes, there will be an emphasis on discussion and class activities. Specific activities discussed in class.

Method of Evaluation -

Rubrics will be provided for the two projects that will each be presented, one to the large group and one to a smaller group.


Grading Scale

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
0-59 F

Additional Information / Instructions

Current Event:
Each student will provide a Current Event topic. Using our class rubric, a description of the event will be turned into the instructor. These Current Events will be used at the beginning of each evening to center us on the subject of Disabilities and to help make the transition from life outside of class to life inside the classroom. Primarily the Current Event discussion each week will help the group to keep in mind the crucial place that Interdisciplinary Teams have in the life of one with a disability. This topic will also lead into an exchange of ideas about available resources.

Lecture and Discussion: This is the part of the evening when students participate in the discussion of the text. 

Still Me Audio: Portions of the Christopher Reeves autobiography, Still Me, will be reviewed and discussed.  This class time serves as a transition to break time. 

Break: My goal is to have a dependable break time each evening so that students can reliably anticipate an opportunity to attend to all of those out-of-class phone calls, personal issues and other needs. RETURN FROM BREAK INTO SMALL GROUPS

Syllabus Review: Because the course length of eight weeks will move so quickly, it is imperative that students keep up with the expected readings and projects. Each evening there will be a period of time when the syllabus and class expectations are examined in detail. 

Short Study Presentation and SWOT Analysis: Using the class rubric, students will present their short study. Then using the SWOT Analysis format, a discussion of the short study will occur within the small groups. 

Research Topic Discussion: There will be a series of six required research articles made available to students. The class will explore the conditions and outcomes of research projects pertinent to the chapters in the text discussed that evening. As a group we’ll complete the summary guideline per the rubric.

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1
Introduction and General Disability Culture

Introductions to class expectations and to each other; Review of syllabus and assignment rubrics; Discussion of the role of interdisciplinary teams and other course objectives; Description of weekly class structure and measurable learning objectives; Introduction to the autobiographical audio recording of Still Me by Christopher Reeve; Instructor lecture on Chapter 1 The Meanings and History of Disability in Society (disability history, stereotypical attitudes, environmental discrimination, language); and on Chapter 13 Assessment in Practice (professional assessments and models, universal design).


Review syllabus

Week 2
Disability History and Models

Discussion of Chapter 1 (review from last week); and Chapter 3 Traditional Approaches to Disability (moral model, medical model, abelism); Chapter 4 Disability Culture (oppression, minority status, liberation, advocacy); Current Event discussion; Research topic #1;  Presentation by Stafford Library librarian.  


Chapters 1, 3, 4

Week 3
Disability Law and Policy

Discussion of Chapter 5 Disability Laws, Policies, and Human Rights (disability issues related to employment-education-income-healthcare, Americans with Disabilities Act, civil rights, human rights, international approaches); Current Event discussion; Research topic #2. Research paper topic discussion.


Chapter 5


Turn in Current Event using rubric.

Week 4
Developmental Issues and Disability

Discussion of Chapter 2 Human Development and Disability (traditional development theories, theories of adaption, lifespan and context of disability; identity; social-ecological models); Chapter 9 Developmental Disabilities (intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, autism, epilepsy); Current Event discussion; Research topic #3; Short Studies 


Chapters 2, 9


Turn in short study using rubric.

Week 5
Various Groupings of Disability

Mid-term Exam; Discussion of Chapter 6 Mobility Disabilities (congenital disabilities, acquired mobility-related disabilities, prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination, aging); Chapter 11 Cognitive Disabilities (learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, traumatic brain injuries, psychosocial consequences); Chapter 12 Health-Related Disabilities (infectious conditions, cancers, autoimmune conditions, cardiovascular); Current Event discussion; Research topic #4; Conversation Station project 7:30-9:30 (we will break early this evening) 


Chapters 6, 11, 12


Midterm exam

Week 6
Hearing and Sight Disability

Discussion of Chapters 7 Deafness and Hearing Impairments (Deaf culture, language, family relationships, multiculturalism); Chapter 8 Visual Disabilities (causes of blindness and visual impairment, social stigma, abilities, preferential treatment); Current Event discussion; Research topic #5; Short Studies.


Chapters 7, 8


Research paper due using rubric.

Week 7
Mental Health

Discussion of Chapter 10 Mental Health Disabilities (classifications, social context, historical aspects); Current Event discussion; Research topic #6; Short Studies.


Chapter 10


Research summaries due using rubric.

Week 8
Practice Models and Guidelines

Discussion of Chapters 14 Models of Practice (human services, empowerment, case management, independent living); Chapter 15 Practice Guidelines (positive identity, human service practitioner roles); Current Event discussion; Guest speaker; Short Studies. 


Chapters 14, 15


Final exam


Library Resources

Columbia College Resources - Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Course Policies and Procedures


Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory periods for which they are enrolled.  Students are directly responsible to instructors for class attendance and work missed during an absence for any cause.  If absences jeopardize progress in a course, an instructor may withdraw a student from the course with a grade of "F" or "W" at the discretion of the instructor.  For additional information, see the Columbia College policy on Student Attendance.

Academic Integrity

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students must fulfill their academic obligations through honest, independent effort.  Dishonesty is considered a serious offense subject to strong disciplinary actions.  Activities which constitute academic dishonesty include plagiarism, unauthorized joint effort on exams or assignments, falsification of forms or records, providing false or misleading information, or aiding another in an act of academic dishonesty.  For more information, see the Columbia College Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures.

Class Conduct and Personal Conduct

Columbia College Policy - Students must conduct themselves so others will not be distracted from the pursuit of learning.  Students may be disciplined for any conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well-being of members of the College community or which is deemed detrimental to the College's interests. Discourteous or unseemly conduct may result in a student being asked to leave the classroom.  For more information, see the Columbia College Student Code of Conduct and Student Behavioral Misconduct Policy and Procedures.

Cancelled Class Make-Up

Columbia College Policy - Classes cancelled because of inclement weather or other reasons must be rescheduled.  For more information, see the Columbia College Inclement Weather Policy.

Make-Up Examinations

Columbia College Policy - Make-up examinations may be authorized for students who miss regularly scheduled examinations due to circumstances beyond their control.  Make-up examinations must be administered as soon as possible after the regularly scheduled examination period and must be administered in a controlled environment.

Campus Policy - Make up examinations are scheduled on designated Saturday mornings 9am in 103 Buchanan. Students must present a picture I.D. in order to be admitted to the testing session. Students must arrange with the instructor to take the exam before or after it is given in class and permission to take a makeup examination (or any graded activity) is granted at the discretion of the instructor.

Adding, Dropping, or Withdrawing from a Course

Columbia College Policy - Students may add a course through Wednesday of the first week of the session and drop a course without academic or financial liability through close of business on Monday of the second week of the session.  Once enrolled, a student is considered a member of that class until he or she officially drops or withdraws in accordance with College policy.  An official drop/withdrawal takes place only when a student has submitted a Drop/Add/Withdrawal form.  A failure to attend class, or advising a fellow student, staff or adjunct faculty member of an intent to withdraw from a class does not constitute official drop/withdrawal.  The drop/add/withdrawal periods begin the same day/date the session starts, not the first day a particular class begins. If a student stops attending a class but does not submit the required Drop/Withdrawal form a grade of "F" will be awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Registration Policy and Procedures.

Withdrawal Excused

Columbia College Policy - A student may request an excused withdrawal (WE) under extraordinary circumstances by submitting a Drop/Withdrawal form accompanied by a complete explanation of the circumstances and supporting documentation to the location director.  The WE request must include all classes in which the student is currently enrolled.  The Vice President for Adult Higher Education is the approving authority for all WE requests.  A student who receives approval of their WE request may still be required to return some or all of the federal financial assistance received for the session.  For more information, see the Columbia College Withdrawal Policy.


Columbia College Policy - A student may request that the instructor award a grade of "I" due to extraordinary circumstances (unforeseen or unexpected circumstances beyond the student's control) that prevent a student from completing the requirements of a course by the end of a session.  An "I" will not be given because a student is failing, negligent or not meeting requirements.  If the instructor believes an "I" is appropriate, the instructor will specify the work needed to complete the course and the time allowed to complete the work.  Work missed must be made up within two subsequent sessions unless the instructor specifies an earlier date.  Extensions beyond two sessions must be approved by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  If the work is completed during the specified time period, the instructor will change the "I" to the grade earned.  If the work is not completed during the specified time, the instructor may allow the incomplete to remain on the student's permanent record or change it to any other letter grade.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.

Grade Appeal

Columbia College Policy - A student may appeal any grade given if it is believed to be in error or in conflict with Columbia College policy and procedures.  The student must state in writing to the location director why the grade awarded is believed to be in error and request a desired remedy.  The faculty member who awarded the grade will be given the opportunity to comment on all student allegations.  If the issue cannot be resolved at the location the appeal will be transmitted through the location director to the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  A grade appeal must be received for review by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education prior to the end of 60 days from the date the grade was awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Course prerequisites are established to ensure that a student has adequate academic preparation to succeed in a particular course.  Staff members will attempt to ensure that students meet prerequisite requirements.  However, it is the student's responsibility to closely examine the course descriptions to determine if prerequisites exist and to enroll in courses in the proper sequence.  In some exceptional cases it may be apparent that the student possesses the required skills and knowledge to succeed in a particular course, even though they have not taken the prerequisite course.  In this case the prerequisite course may be waived by the location director.  Waiver of a course as a prerequisite does not remove the requirement to complete the course if it is a requirement for the student's degree program.


Columbia College Policy - The College provides all students access to CougarMail (the official means of e-mail communication for the College), online resources from the Stafford Library, and their Columbia College records (transcripts, grades, student schedules, etc.) through CougarTrack.


Columbia College Policy - The official student email address (also known as CougarMail) will be used for all official correspondence from faculty and staff.  Students are responsible for the information received and are required to monitor their CougarMail account on a regular basis.  Students may forward their CougarMail to another email account but will be held responsible for the information sent over CougarMail, even if there is a problem with the alternate mail service.

Cell Phones

Columbia College Policy - Cell phones can be a distraction to the learning process.  Location directors or course instructors may require that cell phones be turned off or set to vibrate during class periods.  Students requiring special arrangements to receive a cell phone call during class should make prior arrangements with their location director or course instructor.

Bookstore Information

Columbia College Policy - As part of Truition, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below. 

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address.  Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional loose-leaf print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource Bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns:  Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy.  Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.  Visit for details.


Columbia College Policy - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.  For more information, see the Columbia College Family Education Rights and Privacy Policy.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College Policy - Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources.  Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted.  If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible.  The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible.  Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626.  For more information, see the Columbia College ADA and Section 504 Policy for Students.

Alcohol and Other Drugs: Columbia College Policies & Resources

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College recognizes the negative health effects associated with the use, possession, and distribution of controlled and/or illicit substances, and their detrimental impact on the quality of the educational environment.  Therefore, all members of the College community share in the responsibility of protecting the campus environment by exemplifying high standards of professional and personal conduct.  For more information and resources, see the Columbia College Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy.

Tobacco-Free Policy

Columbia College Policy - The following policy goes into effect on August 21, 2017.  Columbia College values and is concerned for the health and well-being of its students, employees and visitors. The College is committed to providing a healthful and productive educational and employment environment for members of the College community. Consistent with this commitment and in the interest of the general health and welfare of the College community, the College prohibits the use of all tobacco products and related devices on all College property and premises.  For more information, see the Columbia College Tobacco-Free Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of protected status (see Notice of Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity for a definition of "protected status") are strictly prohibited. Persons who engage in such conduct are subject to discipline up to and including termination or dismissal.  For more information, see the Columbia College Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy and Complaint Resolution Procedure.

Columbia College Policy Library

Columbia College Policy - The policies set forth in the Online Policy Library are the current official versions of College policies and supersede and replace any other existing or conflicting policies covering the same subject matter.  The Online Policy Library is currently under construction with new policies being added on a frequent basis and the policies currently listed are not comprehensive of every College policy.  Questions regarding the Online Policy Library should be directed to the Office of the General Counsel.  For more information on policies applicable to students, see Student Policies.  For more information on policies applicable to the entire Columbia College community, see College-Wide Policies.

Technical Support

Columbia College Policy - If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance.  If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource.  Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

        - Columbia College Technology Solutions Center:, 1-800-231-2391 ext. 4357

        - D2L Helpdesk:, 1-877-325-7778

        - VitalSource:, 1-855-200-4146


Course Evaluations - All students are encouraged to complete the online course evaluations. Students are notified by way of CougarMail when the evaluations are available. The evaluations are used to help instructors improve their teaching techniques. They are reviewed carefully by the Evening Campus Director, Assistant Director, and several AHE Administrators. Student should know that all responses are completely confidential, instructors only view results after grades are posted. Your input is valued and appreciated.

Late graded assignment/activity policy - All graded assignments or activities are due when stated in the syllabus or by the instructor. Graded assignments or activities submitted after the stated due date/time will not receive any credit unless the instructor has specifically stated that full or partial credit may be awarded to late submissions.


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