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Postgraduate Course: Deaf Studies (EDUA11239)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaEducation Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course will locate Deaf Education within the broader framework of Deaf Studies, enabling course participants to explore critically the differing constructions of deafness and offering an introduction to the key notions of Deaf identity, d/Deaf communities and Deaf culture. It will also provide an introduction to the range of d/Deaf organisations, including those with a focus on deaf children and/or young people. During this course, participants will be introduced to the programme requirements, including the development of BSL skills.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 30/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Fieldwork Hours 5, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Other Study Hours 77, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Additional Notes Students will interact with deaf people outside of the class contact time.
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
1. Show a critical understanding of the different constructions (e.g. medical, social,
cultural) of deafness;
2. Show a critical understanding of the notions of d/Deaf Communities and Deaf
3. Be familiar with the key aspects of Deaf history and heritage, especially in relation
to deaf education
4. Be familiar with and be able to use the resources of a range of d/Deaf
organisations and Deaf media.
Assessment Information
Course members will produce a written or signed assignment of 2000 words / 20 minutes signing. Students are given a choice of assignment questions and titles, for example: Can mainstreamed deaf children find a d/Deaf identity for themselves? Is it important that they do?
The written assignment will be supported by appropriate reference to theoretical perspectives and principles identified in research and literature. Course members are expected to access research and literature beyond the WebCT readings in relation to their chosen assessment topic/focus.
Special Arrangements
The course tutor is Dr Audrey Cameron who teaches in British Sign Language. Interpreters are provided.
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Medical and social constructions of deafness and associated patterns of discourse;
The nature and structure of d/ Deaf communities in Scotland;
The impact of historical events and approaches on the current Deaf Community
The roles of sign language and written language within the Deaf community; the impact of hearing people's attitudes towards signed language on the lives of d/Deaf people;
Current social and political activities in relation to d/Deaf people
Transferable skills How to work with a BSL / English interpreter
Reading list Ahmad, W., Atkin, K. & Jones, L. (2002) Being deaf and being other things. Social Science and Medicine. 55 (10) pp 1757 - 1769.
Ahmad, W., Darr, A., Jones, L. & Nisar, G. (1998) Deafness and ethnicity. Bristol: The Policy Press. Ch 5, pp 57 72
Atkinson, A. (2001) Memoirs of My Youth. Feltham: BDHS. Chapter III pp 10 - 21. [Originally published 1865] *3
Branson, J. & Miller, D. (2002) Damned for their Difference. Washington DC: Gallaudet University Press. Chapter 7 pp 178 - 202. (ebook)
Breivik, J. (2005) 'Deaf Identities in the Making' Washington DC: Gallaudet University Press. (ebook)
Christensen, K. (2000) Deaf Plus, a multicultural perspective. San Diego: Dawn Sign Press. Chapter 9. Exploring students' personal cultures pp 221 251
Corker, M. (1994) 'Counselling: The Deaf Challenge' London: Jessica Kingsley pp. 174-196.
Corker, M. (1998) Deaf and Disabled or Deafness Disabled. Buckingham: Open University Press. Chapter 4: Books without pictures pp 74-94.
DEX (2003) 'Between a rock and a hard place' Wakefield: Deaf ex-Mainstreamers Group. Chapter 5
Dodds, J. (2003) Being Deaf and Proud. In: Taylor, G. and Darby, A. (Eds.) Deaf Identities. Coleford: Douglas McLean. pp 22 32 *2
Dye, M. & Kyle, J. (2000) Deaf People in the Community. Bristol: Deaf Studies Trust. Chapter 5. Deaf Community pp 25 57 *2
Hauser P, O'Hearn A., McKee M., Steider A & Thew, D. (2010) Deaf epistemology: deafhood and deafness. American Annals of the Deaf 154 (5) 486-492.
Hutchison, I. (2007) Oralism a sign of the times? The contest for deaf communication in education provision in late nineteenth-century Scotland, European Review of History, 14 (4) pp 481 - 501.
Jackson, P. (2001) A Pictorial History of Deaf Britain. Winsford: Deafprint. Chapter XII. Deaf Education Today pp 251-264 *3
Kyle, J., Reilly, A., Allsop, L., Clark, M. & Dury, A. (2005) 'Research report exploring the extent of access to public services in British Sign language (BSL) by Deaf people.' Bristol: Deaf Studies Trust. Scottish Executive Social Research
Ladd, P. (2003) 'Understanding Deaf Culture' Clevedon: Multilingual Matters. Chapter 9 pp 369 400 (ebook) *1
Lane, H. (1999) The Mask of Benevolence. 2nd edition. San Diego: Dawn Sign Press. Pp 129 - 162. *1
Lane, H. (2005) Ethnicity, Ethics and the Deaf-World. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. 10 (3) pp 291 - 310.
Lee, R. (2004) A Beginner's Introduction to Deaf History pp.25-33, Feltham: BDHS Publications
McIlroy, G. & Storbeck, C (2011) Development of Deaf Identity: an Ethnographic Study. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. 16:4 pp 494-511 *2
Monaghan, L. (2003) Many Ways to be Deaf.Washington DC: Gallaudet University Press. (ebook)
Padden, C. and Humphries, T. (2005) Inside Deaf Culture. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press (SSC library)
Skelton, T. & Valentine, G. (2003) 'It feels like being Deaf is normal': an exploration into the complexities of defining D/deafness and young D/deaf people's identities, The Canadian Geographer 47, no 4. 451-466
Parnasis, I (1996) 'Cultural and Language Diversity and the Deaf Experience' Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (ebook)
Valentine,G. and Skelton, T. (2003) Living on the edge: the marginalisation and `resistance' of D/deaf youth. Environment and Planning A 2003, volume 35, pages 301 - 321
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Three days at Moray House. Some blended learning opportunities available on the Learn site.
Keywordsdeaf identity
Course organiserMs Rachel O'Neill
Tel: (0131 6)51 6429
Course secretaryMrs Susan Scott
Tel: (0131 6)51 6573
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