Bader International Study Centre


at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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Interdisciplinary Studies in Global Health and Disability

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.

  • ISGHD students at Handicap International

    Handicap International - one of the world's leading international humanitarian NGOs, Lyon, France

  • Dr. Kanter running an informal one-on-one with students after her lecture

    Dr. Kanter, informal one-on-one with ISGHD students after lecture “The Right of all people with disabilities to live in the community.

  • Steve Brown, Paralympian

    ISGHD students meeting Steve Brown, captain of the Team GB Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby team.

  • Students by the Thames in London

    ISGHD students take a break from studying on a trip to London

  • Students at WHO, Geneva

    ISGHD students in the Strategic Planning Room, WHO, Geneva

  • Students in London by the Thames waiting to enter Shakespeare’s Globe

    ISGHD students in London on the last field trip of the program, waiting to enter Shakespeare’s Globe performance of “A Midsummer Night's Dream

Course Information

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.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Examples of ELOs*


Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Paralympic Training Centre. This major facility houses the National Spinal Injuries Centre which is one of the largest specialist spinal cord units in the world. Stoke Mandeville’s historical rehabilitation work led to Sir Ludwig Guttmann’s creation of sports games for people with disabilities and is known as the founding home of today’s Paralympics.

Accessible Housing. - Learn about the process, policy and architecture required to make a private home accessible. 

Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation unit at Brookes Oxford 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 and disability studies. 

Florence Nightingale Museum - Learn about the role that this British nurse played in today’s modern nursing practices and health care systems.

Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability - ‘Downs Syndrome’ is named after John Langdon Down who established Normansfield Hospital in 1868 as a home for people with learning disabilities and a place where they could be educated. This visit and tour allows students to learn from archivists about Down’s significant contribution to improving the quality of life of those living with intellectual disabilities.

Disability Rights UK, DRILL Programm - Participate in a private presentation about a small British NGO whose research is led by people with disabilities.

Geneva, Switzerland

World Health Organization - The World Health Organization is the lead specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health.

United Nations - Tour the Palais des Nations and learn about the role the UN has as a global organization  which brings together its member states to confront common challenges, manage shared responsibilities and exercise international cooperation and maintain international order.

International Labour Organization - The ILO brings together governments, employers and workers representatives of 187 member States, to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men and those living with a disability.

ICRC Museum - Visit the renowned museum of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent where you will witness the moving reminder of the importance of international humanitarian efforts.

UNHCR - Presenters from The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UN Agencies for Refugees) will highlight it role a the lead global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. 

Specialized Health Studies Field School Information

Program Dates 2018

  • Arrivals: May 4
  • Orientation: May 4 - 6
  • Classes: Monday May 7th  to Friday June 15th
  • Depart BISC on Saturday June 16th

Enrolment / Deadline

  • 30 students/ Apply by March 15th, 2018.
  • This program usually reaches capacity early so avoid disappointment and apply by the Christmas break to avoid disappointment.

Participant Profile

  • Undergraduate students who have completed year 2 and are in good academic standing

Program Fees

  • Fees are $11,134 CDN (all inclusive). This fee includes: tuition for three full credit courses, accommodation at the castle residence halls on the BISC estate and meals in the dining hall at the castle; London, Geneva and Oxford ELO transportation,  accommodation, entrance fees, London theatre tickets; ground transportation to and from London Heathrow to the BISC on designated private coaches. Program fees do not cover airfare to the UK, meals during ELOs, private health and travel insurance and personal spending money.  

Course Materials and Textbooks

  • All course reading materials are available through the onQ platform and textbooks are not required.
  • Students are expected to bring small school supplies such as pens, notebooks, highlighters, etc.
  • Students are expected to bring a functioning reliable laptop.


Amended August 2017