Bader International Study Centre

BISC

at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

The BADER INTERNATIONAL

STUDY CENTRE

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

Two streams to choose from

1. Community Engagement Stream:

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 497.2/3.0 Global Perspectives in Healthcare Innovation 

This course is designed to provide an intellectual and practical framework for those students interested in the examination and application of innovation theory and practice as it applies to the global health care context particularly with respect to persons with disabilities.  The linkages between conceptual frameworks of innovation and implications for enabling improved global health processes and outcomes will be explored through a combination of theory and group-level active learning opportunities.  A primary focus of this course will be to develop critical thinking with respect to contemporary directions for global health & quality of life improvements in the disability context.

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.

 

2. Professional Perspective Stream:

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.

HLTH 497.1/3.0 Health Communication and Disability in the Global Context 

Global health communication is an interdisciplinary field that is attracting ever more attention by researchers, students, policy and decision-makers worldwide.  This course will explore the concepts and theories of communication and public health in the context of global health and disability.  Examination of interpersonal communication about global health and disability within the contexts of clinician-patient, family, and social support will be explored. Mass communication and health, including health communication campaigns, and how the news media, the entertainment sector, and technology present, market and affect global health information and attitudes about disability will also be examined. These issues will be explored through class lectures, readings, discussion, field studies and student presentations.

Teaching Methods

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

Field Studies

Examples of Field Studies*

Oxford

Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Paralympic Training Centre

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

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

Florence Nightingale Museum

Geneva, Switzerland

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

United Nations

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.

*subject to change.

Field School Information

Program Schedule 2017

  • Arrivals: May 5
  • Orientation: May 5 - 7
  • Classes start: May 8
  • Classes end: June 15
  • Departures: June 17

Enrolment / Deadline

  • 30 students. Apply by March 15th, 2017

Participant Profile

  • Undergraduate student with Level 2 standing and in good academic standing.

Cost

  • $10915 CAD which 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.

Amended January 2017