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