ASL 109 - Deaf Culture
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.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:
- Demonstrate an ability to compare and understand middle class American values, beliefs and institutions with those of the deaf community in the United States.
- Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of American Deaf culture through lectures presented in American Sign Language.
- Identify deaf national and international organizations and events.
- Rehearse and perform in a play (in American Sign language) which incorporates various aspects of American Deaf culture.
- Describe and compare Deaf culture in other countries with different perspectives.
- Identify three different aspects of diversity of Deaf people within the Deaf community.
- Deaf Culture and its characteristics, goals, values, and diversity within the Deaf community
- Humor within the American Deaf culture
- Deaf community and identification of various constituencies
- Roles in culture and how the interpreter is perceived by deaf and hearing people in cultural contexts
- Review of a play involving Deaf culture written by a Deaf playwright
- Translation of the above mentioned play into culturally appropriate ASL
- Rehearsal of the play and final public performance to students in other courses in ITP
- Focusing more on improving each student’s sign productions, facial expressions, signing space, and gestures
Textbooks, handouts and DVDs as approved by the instructor.
Approved By: Sutin, Stewart Date Approved: 01/25/2007
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