Social Language & Cultural Studies in Deafness
Available in 2012
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Previously offered in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
Introduces the socio-cultural perspective on deafness through lectures, discussions and audio-visual media.
This course is administered by the RIDBC Renwick Centre. Successful completion of this course may require students to source their own textbooks and attend compulsory lecture days in Sydney. Further details are available from the Distance Education Co-ordinator +61 (02) 9872-0811 or email@example.com".Attendance on-campus is expected for some components of this course".
RIDBC Renwick Centre administers this course. Successful completion of this course may require students to attend a compulsory campus conference in Sydney. Specific course details are available in the RIDBC Renwick Centre student handbook and timetable located here:
On completion of this course, students will:
1. Compare the varying perspectives adopted when working with or describing Deaf people, with particular attention to the socio-cultural perspective.
2. Analyse the characteristics of Deaf communities and cultures.
3. Describe some of the factors that shape Deaf people's identity development.
4. Summarise key themes in the history of Deaf people, particularly the evolution of Deaf communities and their languages, and the development of edcucational beliefs and practices.
5. Describe the impact of deafness on families, and the socio-cultural factors that can affect this.
Candidates address topics such as the role and significance of Auslan, community empowerment, bilingualism, the contrast between the socio-cultural and deficit model of deafness (including community reaction to medical interventions), the role of technology in the lives of deaf people, and the socio-emotional issues confronting families with a deaf child. Field experience components will encourage interaction between candidates and members of the Deaf Community. The unit develops a rationale for Deaf culture and "Deaf Studies Programs" in the curriculum for deaf students and examines the current literature relating to these issues.
Satisfactory completion of the co-requisite. Auslan 1 or demonstrated equivalent (to be undertaken through Renwick College as required).
Modes of Delivery
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term