Course Description

This documentary reveals the experiences of parents raising children who are differently abled. Stories narrated include; a mother raising a son with Down syndrome, a couple learning to communicate with their non-verbal autistic son, a young woman who is the only little person in her family, and a family overcoming the stigmas associated with a relative’s incarceration.

Learner Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Explore and experience the lives of four families as they provide support for their relatives who are differently abled.
  • Examine their own belief systems and perspectives as it relates to the documentary.
  • Identify the implications related to both stigmatization and marginalization.
  • Apply what they have learned to create a personal call to action for continued growth and deepening of perspective.


This film study is offered to anyone who has a sincere interest to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the systemic issues that plague the USA around race, class and marginalized groups and who care deeply about social justice. Each book study addresses current issues in society and allow opportunities for participants to reflect, discuss and hear multiple perspectives that can lead to greater understanding and empathy.
Online course only. Web access Required. This course is hosted on Moodle. Students must have access to a computer with high-speed Internet access.  Not recommended for iPad-only access. Internet Explorer does not support Moodle and is not recommended. Students are asked to login into online environment using, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. YouTube videos might not display on Opera or Internet Explorer. Some videos require Adobe Flash Player. 
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Section Title
Film Study: Far from the Tree Documentary
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Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (1 units) $210.00
Available for Credit
1 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook
Far from The Tree Documentary by Andrew Solomon
Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with Epoch Education.

Course is self-paced. Completion time: 6 weeks from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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