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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: 1) historical perspectives and cultural norms within the Deaf community, 2) diversity within the Deaf community and 3) artistic expression and humor.

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

  1. Demonstrate an ability to compare and understand middle class American values, beliefs and institutions with those of the deaf community in the United States.
  2. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of American Deaf culture through lectures presented in American Sign Language.
  3. Identify deaf national and international organizations and events.
  4. Rehearse and perform in a play (in American Sign language) which incorporates various aspects of American Deaf culture.
  5. Describe and compare Deaf culture in other countries with different perspectives.
  6. Identify three 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. Humor within the American Deaf culture
  3. Deaf community and identification of various constituencies
  4. Roles in culture and how the interpreter is perceived by deaf and hearing people in cultural contexts
  5. Review of a play involving Deaf culture written by a Deaf playwright
  6. Translation of the above mentioned play into culturally appropriate ASL
  7. Rehearsal of the play and final public performance to students in other courses in ITP
  8. Focusing more on improving each student’s sign productions, facial expressions, signing space, and gestures
Reference Materials
Textbooks, handouts and DVDs as approved by the instructor.
Approved By: Sutin, Stewart Date Approved: 01/25/2007

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