RCASL 100 - Introduction to Deaf Culture
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: RC American Sign Language (RCASL)
Department: LSA Residential College
Waitlist Notes:
With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course introduces students to Deaf culture within the United States, and focuses on the link between culture and language (in this case, American Sign Language). An analysis of medical and cultural models of perceiving deafness is investigated to familiarize students with the range of perceptions held by members of the cultural majority and the effect it has on the Deaf community. The influencing factors of educational systems on deaf children are reviewed to understand the link between language systems used in the classroom and the development of a Deaf identity. The historical roots of American Sign Language and the value of language preservation provide for additional overview of attitudes in American society. Social adaptations to deafness and individual factors of communicative and linguistic development are analyzed for understanding the implications of family and social systems on deaf children and adults.

Course Requirements:

There will be weekly written assignments (1-2 paragraph reaction statements to readings from the course pack) or weekly quizzes. There will be a written midterm and final.

RCASL 100 - Introduction to Deaf Culture
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
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