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Postgraduate Course: Deaf Studies (EDUA11239)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
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.
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
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills How to work with a BSL / English interpreter
Special Arrangements The course tutor is Dr Audrey Cameron who teaches in British Sign Language. Interpreters are provided.
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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