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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog
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ASL 109 - Deaf Culture

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: ASL 101  

The Deaf community is a complex and diverse community with a rich heritage and prosperous future. This course focuses on three aspects of the deaf community and culture: historical perspectives and cultural norms within the Deaf community, diversity within the Deaf community and artistic expression and humor. The course culminates with a student translation and performance of a play written by a Deaf author. The course requires students to practice and apply skills by completing projects outside the classroom.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Compare middle class American values, beliefs and institutions with those of the Deaf community in the United States.
  2. Explain the culture of the American Deaf community presented in ASL.
  3. Identify Deaf national and international organizations and events.
  4. Describe Deaf culture in other countries with different perspectives.
  5. Identify different aspects of diversity of Deaf people within the Deaf community.
Listed Topics
  1. Deaf Culture and its characteristics, goals, values and diversity within the Deaf community
  2. Deaf community and identification of various constituencies
  3. Roles in culture and how the interpreter is perceived by Deaf and hearing people in cultural contexts
  4. Translation of a play involving Deaf culture written by a Deaf playwright
  5. Sign productions, facial expressions, signing space, and gestures
Reference Materials
Instructor approved textbook and materials
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Culture Society & Citizenship
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 12/15/2021

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