Deaf Culture (2510)

Course Description

This course acquaints students with the political, cultural, educational, and social parameters of Deaf Culture.  Students will develop knowledge regarding the cultural perspective of deafness held in the United States of America and in less depth, worldwide.  In comparison, perspectives opposing the cultural view of deafness will also be explored.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, students will ...

  • Analyze differences between Deaf culture and mainstream hearing society in America (Diversity in Western Culture 1; ASLTA Standard 4.2)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the cultural perspective of deafness, including beliefs, values, and attitudes (Diversity in Western Culture 2; ASLTA Standard 2.1)
  • Summarize basic products related to Deaf Culture and used by Deaf people such as DeVIA (art), Deaf/ASL Literature, tangible Deaf Culture, geographical locations and the themes, ideas, and perspectives associated with them (ASLTA Standard 2.2)

Required Materials

Holcomb, T. K. (2013). Introduction to American deaf culture. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0-19-977754-9

*Additional readings may be assigned and posted to the course website.