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Global Health and Disability (Summer)

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ISGHD students at The WHO Headquarters, Geneva Switzerland

This program, on the cutting edge of global health and disability, offers the opportunity to ground the study of disability and health within the expanding context of global norms. Each course includes lectures, visiting scholars, and experiential learning opportunities focusing on a combination of studies in disability and policy in global health, global sport, healthcare innovation, health communication and/or mental health. The faculty is drawn from a field of experts and experienced educators passionate about their area of expertise. In addition, an experienced Health Science Librarian will provide research seminars and one-on-one support during the program.


HLTH 402/3.0 ​Disability Studies: Issues, Research and Policy

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of disability studies – definitions and conceptualizations of disability, language for talking about disability, methods of studying disability issues, policy and systems affecting people with disabilities, controversial issues in disability studies. The course will include lectures, seminars, debates, field trips, student presentations.

HLTH 404/3.0 Global Studies of Social Inclusion, Community Participation and Mental Illness

While people with disabilities continue to experience challenges to their full and equal community participation, people with disabilities in the context of mental illnesses are subject to particularly profound levels of social exclusion at a global level. This course will examine current disability discourse as it relates to mental illnesses and examine processes by which exclusion of this population occurs globally.  Issues of exclusion will be evaluated using an international focus. Theoretical perspectives will be grounded in real life examples.

KNPE 433/3.0 Global Sport and Disability

The United Nations recognizes the important role of sport participation in the promotion of physical and mental health as well as fundamental human rights. This course will examine the use of sport and recreation on a global level as a tool for improving the lives of persons with a disability.  It will consider how sport and physical activity can be utilized as a means of raising awareness about accessibility and social inclusion with the ultimate goal of removing barriers and enabling equal participation for all persons with a disability  Topics to be explored will include, but not be limited to: the historical and sociological impact of international disability sporting movements such as the Paralympic and Special Olympic movements; the legacy of hosting major international disability sport events; the importance of global physical activity-based programs and initiatives such as Right to Play; current trends and research in Sport for Development; and the use of sport and physical activity to support the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Teaching Methods

Speakers, group work, field studies, interviews, case studies, traditional lectures, evaluations of readings, seminars, presentations.

Examples of Experiential Learning Opportunities (ELOs)


Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Paralympic Training Centre

Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation unit at Oxford Brookes University -  a fitness studio designed exclusively for people who require a high level of supervision due to their medical condition.


London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health.

Florence Nightingale Museum - examines her legacy, her influence on nursing, and the continuing relevance of her work.’

Geneva, Switzerland

World Health Organization - the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system

United Nations - private tour the Palais des Nations and learn about the role of the UN’

International Labour Organization - main aims of the ILO are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.

Further information

Program Schedule 2018

Weeks 1 and 2 HLTH 402 Disability Studies: Issues, Research and Policy

Fri May  4 Arrive at BISC
Fri May 4 to Sun May 6 Orientation Weekend/Opening Ceremonies
Mon May 7 to Fri May 18  HLTH 402 coursework
Thurs May 10 to Fri May 11 London ELO

 Weeks 3 and 4 HLTH 404 Global Studies of Social Inclusion, Community Participation and Mental Illness

Mon May 21 to Sun June 3     HLTH 404 coursework
Thurs May 31 to Sun June 3 Geneva ELO

Weeks 5 and 6 KNPE 433 Global Sport and Disability

Mon June 4 to Fri June 15  KNPE 433 coursework
Thurs  June 7 to Sat June 9   Oxford ELO
Fri June 15 Closing Ceremonies
Sat June 16 Students depart BISC

Enrolment / Deadline

  • Maximum class size 25 students
  • Registration deadline: March 15th, 2018

Apply early, the program fills quickly!

Participant Profile

  • Undergraduate student with Level 3 standing and in good academic standing.
  • Students from all disciplines are welcome
  • Students from all universities are welcome


  • $11,691 CDN (2018) (includes tuition, residence and meals at the Castle, transport, accommodations, entrance fees, return transport for field studies to Oxford, London, and Geneva. Students will need additional funds for personal spending, meals during field studies, health and travel insurance, and transport to and from the UK).
  • Fees due by start of summer session
Bader International Study Centre
Herstmonceux Castle
Hailsham, East Sussex
United Kingdom, BN27 1RN
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