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Syllabus Deaf Culture

DEAF CULTURE: DST 201 OL 4/ PST 212 OL 1 Fall 2013 Instructor: Summer Crider Loeffler Office Hours: e-mail & video chat appointments only COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is a survey of the various areas of study of Deaf Culture in the United States (history, folklore, anthropology, and sociology). Prerequisite: DST 101, GSR 103, or equivalent PROFESSORS OBJECTIVES: Starting with a macro view at culture as seen through American lens, this course will then move to a micro cultural view of the Deaf experience. Approaches undertaken will be multi-disciplinary: sociological, educational, linguistic, and humanistic. An exploration of diversity within the global Deaf community will be included. COURSE GOALS: To explain the macro definition of culture To take a micro-look at Deaf culture To be able to analyze and explain the Deaf experience To analyze and explain Deaf culture COURSE UNITS: This course is made up of 8 units, they are: Unit 1: Introduction & Theoretical Background Unit 2: Deaf History & Colonialism Unit 3: Communities & Identities Unit 4: Language & Literacy Unit 5: Spaces & Sensory Worlds Unit 6: Audism & other Forms of Oppression Unit 7: Disability & Normalcy Unit 8: Future of Deaf Culture & Wrap-Up COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Readings and video viewing will be the basis for online discussions and activities. Assignments will be assigned to be completed online. Good writing grammar is essential in this course. Usage of Academic ASL is also essential for any video discussions and submitted videos. REQUIRED MATERIALS FOR THIS COURSE: 1. Computer with webcam or mobile device that has ability to record video (iPad, iPhone, Android, etc.) 2. Bauman, H-D. (ed.) 2007. Open Your Eyes: Deaf Studies Talking. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 3. Nomeland, M. & Nomeland, R. 2012. The Deaf Community in America: History in the Making. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc. 4. Articles/videos as posted online. PARTICIPATION: ! This course will entail substantial discussion and activities thus regular online attendance is mandatory. You are expected to participate in conferences, discussion board, and complete your assignments on a regular, timely basis. ! ! If you have any problems with any portion of the course (i.e. not understanding assignments or content), please contact the instructor immediately. If you are experiencing problems with Blackboard, make a Helpdesk request and CC the email to the instructor to show evidence of attempt. If they are not able to answer your question, you may contact Summer.Loeffler@gallaudet.edu. If you struggle with uploading/formatting or using specific online tools, you are expected to contact Helpdesk@gallaudet.edu immediately.