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Deaf Culture

ASL 200W

Deaf Culture

ASL 200W

Course Description

Studies the Deaf community and culture. Addresses a broad array of topics, including history, rules for social interaction, group norms, identity, language and values. Discusses Deaf perspective and its interface with the hearing culture. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Access, analyze and use information relating to Deaf culture.

Objectives:

  • Identify through writing and orally key figures and eras of Deaf history
  • List Deaf individuals that have made contributions to the general culture
  • Examine the Deaf President Now movement and the changes that occurred from it
  • Compare/contrast ASL and English language structure
  • Discuss the importance of language in Deaf culture
  • Differentiate (written and orally) between Deaf and hearing cultural behaviors
  • Identify several current issues in the Deaf community

Use critical thinking skills to evaluate Deaf education.

Objectives:

  • Debate the merits/deficiencies of different educational systems for the Deaf throughout history
  • Explain changes in Deaf education and perception of the Deaf
  • Evaluate current educational methods

Value and practice citizenship through an understanding of Deaf and hearing cultures.

Objectives:

  • Appreciate differences in cultures
  • Relate how understanding Deaf culture will affect future interactions
  • Compare and contrast hearing and Deaf culturally accepted behaviors
  • Examine Deaf in the Arts: literature, poetry, drama and art

Have productive interaction with others by group projects on Deaf culture topics.

Objectives:

  • Identify current issues in the Deaf community and discuss in groups, write and present in class
  • Display tolerance of different cultures