Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology
SPA/DST 211 Deaf Culture and Community
SPA 211 is intended to provide a comprehensive orientation to the Deaf and hard-of-hearing
communities in continents around the globe.
Students will learn the basic vocabulary and
grammar of American Sign Language.
Consideration will also be given to school systems for
the Deaf in Europe, India, and the U.S.
The students will be introduced to the sociolinguistic
aspects of educational, political and environmental impacts on Deaf culture, identity, and
Professor Kathleen Hutchinson
(This is inside the Main Speech Pathology and Audiology Department Office,
Bachelor 2; I am the Chair of the department; see receptionist at front desk)
Ph. 529-2500 (leave msg. with Debbie Ferriell, my Administrative Assistant).
Office Hours: Wed
and Thursday11:30 .12;30 pm 2:00 -3:00 pm& Wed 1:00 -2:00 pm;
Usually for 15-20 minutes following our class
best to schedule an appointment if possible
Teaching Assistant: Hannah Eppley
To consider the contemporary global, national, and local issues of deaf people
and the Deaf community using an integrated perspective that applies
knowledge about “Deaf-World” from diverse disciplines and methodologies.
To engage in cross-issue analysis and application:
to apply global, national, and local issues in Deaf-World to the non-deaf
world and vice versa;
to apply identity, ethnicity, and “diversity” models to a study of Deaf-
World and vice versa
To employ, in an interdisciplinary case study model, “deafness” as a disability
experience/condition and “Deafness” as a culture and community identity in
order to also explore broader issues within the global disability experience.
To become aware of the diversity within diversity and difference within
difference that marks and makes up contemporary “Deaf-World.”
To explore the historical, philosophical, linguistic, social, cultural, educational,
medical and artistic past, present, and future of deaf/Deaf/hard-of-hearing
OBJECTIVES OF COURSE
Understand core concepts
regarding the role of environment, cultural difference
and historical developments upon Deaf culture and the role of Sign Language in the overall