Aug 14th 2017

American Deaf Culture (Coursera)

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This is a six-week course providing a historical overview of the American Deaf community and its evolving culture. Theoretical frameworks from sociology are explored. Deafness as a culture and not a disability is explained as participants are guided into the world of Deaf culture.

Who is this class for: This course is primarily aimed at first and second year undergraduate students interested in social sciences, language learning as well as the arts and humanities.



Module 1: Discrimination and Audism

Introduction to course and explanation of Civil Rights struggles for the American Deaf community. Detailed explanation of the term “audism”.

Graded: Module 1 Quiz


Module 2: What is American Deaf Culture? - An Introduction

Overview of commonly used terminology and jargon related to deafness. Introduction to the existence of Deaf Culture.

Graded: Module 2 Quiz


Module 3: "My Child is born deaf" - Language acquisition

Summary and analysis of communication options for those that are members of the American Deaf community. Introduction of the impact of American Sign Language and the import of language acquisition for deaf children.

Graded: Module 3 Quiz


Module 4: What is American Deaf Culture? - an Overview

Overview of the Core Values of the American Deaf culture. Explanation of the medical vs. cultural view of the American Deaf community.

Graded: Module 4 Quiz


Module 5: Education and the Law as it affects the American Deaf community

: Discussion of U.S. Laws enacted that affect the American Deaf community and educational options.

Graded: Module 5 Quiz


Module 6: History of American Deaf community

Summary of course objectives and final exam.

Graded: Final Exam

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