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Postgraduate Course: Deaf Studies (EDUA11239)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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, deaf communities, and deaf culture. It will also provide an introduction to the range of 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 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 deaf people;
Current social and political activities in relation to deaf people; deaf children's increasingly fluid deaf identities.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 18/09/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 5, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 7, Online Activities 4, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 80 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative assessment: proposal for mini-project.

Summative assessment: 100% course work 2,000 word OR 20-minute BSL report.

Topic must align with learning outcomes ¿ checked at proposal stage.

Small investigation which may be desk based or with deaf pupils the student teaches.

British Sign Language assessments are allowed for this course. Further guidance is available on the deaf education pathway and from the course tutor.
Feedback Students will give formative presentations about organisations run for or by deaf people and their critical analysis of this organisation will receive feedback.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Show a critical understanding of the different constructions of deafness, e.g. medical, social and cultural.
  2. Show a critical understanding of the notions of deaf communities and deaf culture.
  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 deaf organisations and deaf media.
Reading List
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.
Ladd, P. (2003) 'Understanding Deaf Culture' Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.
McIlroy, G. & Storbeck, C (2011) Development of Deaf Identity: an Ethnographic Study. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. 16:4 pp 494-511
Young, A. & Temple, B. (2014) Approaches to Social Research: the case of Deaf Studies, New York: Oxford University Press

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Be able to effectively work collaboratively with others, recognising the diversity of contributions individuals can make;
Be able to use communication as a means for collaborating and relating to others including staff, fellow students, research participants;
Be able to exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in academic activities, including decision making on the basis of independent thought
Special Arrangements The course tutor is Dr Audrey Cameron who teaches in British Sign Language. Interpreters are provided.
Additional Class Delivery Information The course takes place over a block of 3 days from 10am - 4pm.
Keywordsdeaf identity,Deafhood,deaf education
Course organiserDr Audrey Cameron
Course secretaryMs Tara Kay
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