Department Courses

Courses

ASL 595 - Special Topics (3)

Special Topics

ASL 601 - Communication in Gestures I (1)

This course is taught in five 3 hour sessions which provide an introduction to communicating with gestures. Students learn to describe objects, ask for and give directions, and discuss limited hypothetical issues through the use of gestures. The instructor uses gestures throughout the course.

ASL 602 - Communication in Gestures II (1)

This course is taught in five 3-hour sessions which build on the skills learned in ASL 601. Students learn to paraphrase, describe floor plans, and develop a skit through the use of gestures. The instructor uses gestures throughout the course.

Prerequisite: ASL 601.

ASL 661 - American Sign Language Curriculum (3)

This course teaches curriculum planning and specialized adaptations in teaching ASL for various types of students. The course features reading and analysis of other ASL curricula. Focus is on tailored lesson planning, material and method selection and type of evaluation tools.

ASL 695 - Special Topics (1-3)

Grading System: letter grades only.

ASL 699 - Independent Study (1-3)

Grading System: letter grades only. Individualized course of study focusing on particular problem not covered in regular courses.

Prerequisites: Appropriate level of matriculation, permission of instructor and Special Independent Study Form.

ASL 709 - Sign Language Media Production (3)

Visual media has changed the way we communicate. With the advent of new tools and platforms, possibilities of publishing has proliferated, allowing a wider discourse of ideas to be shared with a vast audience. This course explores these opportunities and will introduce students to the tools and skills necessary to produce digital media. Through a hands-on approach, this course will allow students to capture, import and edit digital video in a variety of platforms and genres. Students will participate in a workshop approach to hone their skills at "writing" through digital media.

Prerequisites: Matriculation into the M.A. program in ASL & Deaf Studies or permission of the program coordinator.

ASL 724 - Sign Language Linguistics for Sign Language Professionals (3)

This course involves a comprehensive review of current sign language linguistics research with emphasis on how such sign language linguistic research shapes sign language education. Through a literature-based and data-centric approach, students will investigate linguistic structure of signed languages in different areas including phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and discourse. They will then explore how such investigation has been incorporated into the sign language teaching literature and methodology.

Prerequisites: Matriculation into the M.A. program in ASL & Deaf Studies or permission of the program coordinator.

ASL 731 - Visual-Gestural Communication (2)

This course will develop capabilities in nonverbal/visual-gestural communication that will expand functional communication of graduate students in the various disciplines they are pursuing.

ASL 741 - Methods of Sign Language Teaching (3)

This course focuses on principled approaches to developing and implementing classroom methods and strategies for language teaching. It also investigates linguistic, psychological and attitudinal factors that influence student-teacher interaction in the classroom. The course examines in detail the most important teaching methodologies that have evolved over the past thirty years. Following a thorough analysis of each methodology, in terms of its theoretical justification and supporting empirical research, students will endeavor to teach and learn some aspect of a sign language through the implementation of each of the methodologies.

Prerequisites: Matriculation into the M.A. program in ASL & Deaf Studies or permission of the program coordinator.

ASL 743 - Curriculum Development for Sign Language Education (3)

This course examines philosophical and historical roots of language teaching curricula through the lens of sign language teaching. Students will learn about the theoretical complexity of curriculum design intersected with the visual nature of signed languages and the diverse, multicultural nature of Signed Language communities. Curriculum design theories and approaches, systematic and sequential development involving needs assessment, lesson planning and evaluation will be covered. Students will study different Sign Language curricula and have opportunities to develop lessons and units within a curriculum.

Prerequisites: Matriculation into the M.A. program in ASL & Deaf Studies or permission of the program coordinator.

ASL 745 - Sign Language Teaching, Culture and History (3)

Students in this course will analyze the integration of history and culture in sign language teaching curricula. Language is often taught with cultural and historical anecdotes. The history and culture of the Signed Language communities and Deaf people are very rich and diverse. Decisions behind choosing which historical and cultural content to include in Sign Language courses will be analyzed as well as theoretical implications of history and culture as a separate course of study within a language curricula.

Prerequisites: Matriculation into the Masters in Sign Language Education program or permission of the program coordinator.

ASL 750 - Assessing Sign Language Skills (3)

This course examines factors involved in developing and administering an assessment of Sign Language students' linguistic proficiency and socio-cultural competence. Topics include the role and function of assessment, assessment validity, assessment reliability, the use of measurement instruments, current approaches to assessing language learning, and an analysis of current tools for testing Sign Language skills and knowledge. Students will develop samples of assessment tools.

Prerequisites: Matriculation into the M.A. program in ASL & Deaf Studies or permission of the program coordinator.

ASL 752 - Sign Language Practicum (3)

This course is a required professional field experience in the Sign Language Education program consisting a minimum of forty-five (45) observation and/or assisting hours. During this experience, the practicum student observes (and when appropriate, assists) sign language education. A required seminar is conducted regularly to review theoretical and practical applications of teaching, lesson planning, activities and assessment techniques. An important component of this course also includes preparing for the upcoming student teaching internship.

Prerequisites: ASL 724, 741, 743, and 750 or equivalent courses; a B grade or above is required.

ASL 760 - Connecting Sign Language Research to Practice (3)

This course covers an introduction to research and is designed to develop student ability to locate, review, and critically evaluate sign language-related research studies. In addition, students will be introduced to quantitative and qualitative research methodology and concepts including reliability and validity. Research ethics, particularly for Signed Language communities will be explored. This course also includes techniques on how to develop a reciprocal relationship between research and practice.

Prerequisites: Matriculation into the Masters in Sign Language Education program or permission of instructor

ASL 761 - Seminar in Sign Language Education - Professional Preparation (1)

This course is designed to prepare students for the academic, sign language teaching job market. Students will develop tailored job application documents such as cover letters and curriculum vitae. Essential resources in searching and screening potential teaching positions will be covered along with effective strategies for a successful interview process.

Prerequisites: ASL 709, 724, 741, 743 and 750; or permission of the program coordinator.

ASL 762 - Seminar in Sign Language Education - ePortfolio (1)

This course is devoted to developing a comprehensive electronic portfolio where students will integrate multiple academic projects and assignments completed during the program into a professional website to generate a significant presence in the field.

Prerequisites: ASL 709, 724, 741, 743 and 750; or permission of the program coordinator.

ASL 770 - Sign Language Planning and Advocacy (3)

This course covers language planning and policy in transnational and national sign language communities. A commonality among these communities is that the natural signed language of deaf communities are often threatened by majority languages. Language policies vary, and successful (and not so-successful) activism will be studied. This course will include a study of four main components of language policy and planning: attitude, corpus, acquisition, and status planning. Connections will be emphasized between applied language planning in sign languages, settings in which linguistic advocacy takes place, and theoretical and empirical research in language acquisition and learning.

Prerequisites: ASL 724, 741, and 743 or equivalent courses; or permission of the instructor.

ASL 777 - Digital Pedagogy in the Sign Language Field (3)

With the advent of non-traditional approaches to learning, including online and hybrid teaching, this course examines the role of electronic elements in enhancing pedagogical methods of sign language education, curriculum and classroom. Digital tools are especially more paramount with visual-spatial languages such as signed languages. This course will explore integration of video-based tools into the curriculum as one way to teach and assess signed language acquisition and development. Students will be encouraged to engage in a critical examination of various theoretical schools of thought regarding digital pedagogy.

Prerequisites: Matriculation into the Masters in Sign Language Education program or permission of the program coordinator.

ASL 790 - Sign Language Internship (3)

This course is the final professional experience in the Sign Language Education program and is a required field experience consisting a minimum of forty-five (45) preparation and teaching hours. During this experience, the student teacher is mentored by an faculty and supervised by an university supervisor. Students with extensive sign language teaching experience, and with approval of the department, may undertake an on-the-job internship placement. A required seminar is conducted regularly to share teaching challenges, celebrate successes and to exchange useful teaching techniques.

Prerequisite: ASL 752; a B grade of above is required.

ASL 795 - Special Topics (1-3)

Grading System: letter grades only.

ASL 799 - Independent Study (1-3)

Independent studies enable advanced study of a topic, of interest to the student and the faculty member, not covered in the curriculum. Independent studies should not substitute for required courses, although exceptions may be considered on a case-by- case basis.Note: A Registrar’s Office Graduate Student Independent Study Form(http://www.gallaudet.edu/registrars_office/forms.html) and syllabus must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office before the add/drop period ends to register for an Independent Study

Prerequisites: Appropriate level of matriculation, permission of instructor and Special Independent Study Form.

ASL 895 - Special Topics (1-3)

Grading System: letter grades only.

DST 595 - Special Topics (3)

Grading system: letter grades only.

DST 695 - Special Topics (1-3)

Grading System: letter grades only.

DST 699 - Independent Study (1-3)

Grading System: letter grades only. Individualized course of study focusing on particular problem not covered in regular courses.

Prerequisites: Appropriate level of matriculation, permission of instructor and Special Independent Study Form.

DST 700 - Deaf Studies Research Methods I (3)

This course will introduce students to the most commonly-used research methods in Deaf Studies, particularly textual analysis, and ethnographic interviews. Students will be guided by the instructor in the processes of developing research questions, methodologies, data collection and analysis.

Prerequisites: Students must be matriculated in the Deaf Studies MA program.

DST 701 - Deaf Studies Research Methods II (1)

This one-credit course is designed to introduce students to research work in Deaf Studies. Students will be introduced to fundamentals of the research process, including ethical conduct in research, applying to Institutional Review Board approval, grant writing, and a thesis proposal. Research Methods II will prepare students to begin their Deaf Studies Master's Project.

Prerequisite: DST 700

DST 703 - Deaf Cultural Studies (3)

This course engages students with theory and content that is foundational to the practices of Cultural Studies in general and Deaf Studies in particular. In addition to exploring the historical trends and debates in these fields, this course asks students to explore key aspects of deaf lives and communities, including identities, power, culture, and framing from interdisciplinary perspectives. The readings, discussion, and research from this class form a cornerstone to subsequent courses within the Deaf Studies Master’s Program.

Prerequisites: Matriculated in DST MA Program

DST 705 - Language, Culture and Power (3)

This course begins by exploring key issues faced by minority language communities, with special emphasis on the world’s linguistic diversity, language endangerment, and revitalization. After gaining a broad understanding of the dynamic intersections of language, culture, and power, students will examine the historical role of languageideologies relating to signed languages, beginning with classical thought and continuing through the formation of deaf education in the 18th century and the medicalization of deaf bodies in the 19th and 20th centuries. In the end, students should be able to identify and explain intersections of philosophical, linguistic, educational, medical, scientific, and anthropological discourses which influenced the vitality of sign languages and deaf communities in the 21st century. Developing awareness of this phonocentric heritage helps to equip students in developing strategies for linguistic and cultural revitalization of sign languages and deaf communities.

Prerequisites: Matriculated in DST MA Program

DST 710 - Cultural Practices in the Deaf Community (3)

This course is designed as a thorough exploration of the literary practices influenced by cultural traditions in the deaf community. Attention will be given to the unique face-to-face nature of signed literature and its numerous traditional forms as well different types of cultural productions, including online media. Students will become versed in the stylistics, poetics, and cultural contexts of signed literature in its live as well as video-text formats.

DST 712 - Enforcing Normalcy: Deaf and Disability Studies (3)

This class will explore the historical, medical, social, political, philosophical, and cultural influences that have constructed the categories of "normalcy", "disability" and "deafness". Building on the writing of Michel Foucault and critical work in the field of disability studies, this course will inquire into the institutions that have enforced standards of normalcy, throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to the present. Primary attention will be paid to the rise of medical authority in the West, the history of eugenics, and contemporary bioethical issues confronting disability and deaf communities.

DST 714 - Critical Pedagogy (3)

This course focuses on the field of inquiry known as Critical Pedagogy, which examines the role that education plays in shaping and transmitting the ideology of those in power. This course also inquires into the use of education as a means of resistance and emancipation. Particular focus will be given to the disparate conditions relating to the education of those populations considered to be in the margins, i.e.,class, race, ethnicity, gender, and disability.

DST 733 - Theory & Identity in Deaf Studies (3)

This course is designed to explore the various issues and complexities inherent in d/Deaf identity constructions. By drawing on contemporary theoretical practices, including Marxism, postcolonialism, feminism, structuralism, poststructuralism, queer theory and phenomenology, students will be encouraged to engage in a critical exchange between Deaf Studies and these theoretical lens.

Prerequisite: Completion of MA Deaf Studies Core Curriculum

DST 735 - Sensory Studies (3)

This course investigates the role of vision and the senses, sensory practices and sensory politics in the deaf community through its visual-tactile nature. By drawing on new theoretical approaches in the study of the senses, this course will explore representations and visual culture, the theory and the politics of sensoryperceptions; and the cultural practices of architecture, museums, memorials, film, video, sign literature and resistance art. Through discussions, projects, and presentations, students will gain and articulate a critical understanding of the role of the senses in art and deaf space within a phonocentric world.

Prerequisite: Completion of MA Deaf Studies Core Curriculum

DST 737 - Law and Public Policy: The Deaf Community (3)

This course focuses on an analysis of relevant U.S. laws and policies when it comes to sign language rights, particularly for young deaf children. Topics include: legislative process, writing of state and federal regulations, power of position statements/policy papers, and an analysis of federal and state laws. Students will learn about community mobilization in the context of sociopolitical movements, with practical use of framing arguments for public consumption.

Prerequisites: Students must be enrolled in the Master's in Deaf Cultural Studies Master's Degree program or permission of the instructor.

DST 740 - Studies in the Human Rights of Deaf People (3)

This course traces the development of the human rights of deaf people within the wider context of the emergence of the concept of universal human rights after WWII. The formation of international institutions such as the United Nations, and the growth of international nongovernmental organizations dedicated to human rights work has allowed non-state actors significant opportunities to develop and use human rights tools to protect particular minorities. The emergence of the concept of linguistic human rights has been applied to signing communities and the concept promoted in the Convention on the Human Rights of Peoples with Disabilities. The concept and the Convention will be examined in depth and applied to the linguistic human rights of contemporary Deaf communities.

Prerequisite: Students must be enrolled in the Concentration in Language and Human Rights or permission of the instructor

DST 741 - Development of the Transnational Deaf Public Sphere (3)

This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the contemporary transnational Deaf public sphere. Students will study the origination and spread of international meetings among Deaf people and the concurrent formation of transnational Deaf networks. Students will study key concepts and review case studies in transnational studies which will then be used to interrogate the nature of interconnections between Deaf communities across the globe.

Prerequisite: Students must be enrolled in the Concentration in Language and Human Rights or permission of the instructor

DST 743 - Language Advocacy in Deaf Communities (3)

This course focuses on understanding the deaf community's longstanding campaigns for sign language rights from an advocacy perspective. Topics covered include the history and status of sign language in education, language planning, as well as advocacy campaigns and organizations related to sign language rights.

Prerequisite: Enrolled in the Deaf Studies MA program.

DST 750 - Seminar in Deaf Cultural Studies (3)

This course allows the opportunity to offer courses on a variety of topics of concern to Deaf Cultural Studies.

DST 780 - Deaf Studies Masters Project I (3)

The Deaf Studies Master’s Project is a required, culminating project which demonstrates student's exemplary achievement as a Master's student. Under the supervision of Department faculty, students will develop projects that significantly advance knowledge in one of three concentrations: Cultural Studies, Language and Human Rights or Early Language Advocacy. Students may elect to produce a traditional Master's thesis, a creative project, or an applied advocacy project. During the first semester, students will develop and defend their project, including a demonstration of the project's significance, appropriate research methodologies and a detailed plan of action.

Prerequisite: Students must have successfully completed the first year of the DST MA program.

DST 781 - Deaf Studies Master's Project II (1-3)

The Deaf Studies' Masters Project II is a required, culminating project which demonstrates students' exemplary achievement as a Master's student. Under the supervision of Department faculty, students will develop projects that significantly advance knowledge in either Cultural Studies, Language and Human Rights and Early Language Advocacy. Students may elect to produce a traditional Master's thesis, a creative project, or an applied advocacy project. During the second semester, students will present and defend their project. All students take DST 781 for 3 credits. In the event students do not complete their thesis at the end need of DST 781, they enroll in 781 a second time as a one-credit course.

Prerequisite: Students must have successfully completed the first year of the DST MA program and DST 780

DST 790 - Deaf Studies Internship (3)

Students will undertake an internship in a placement and role that is suited to their professional pursuits. These may include serving as Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants within the University or an off-site placement determined by the Department and student.

Prerequisites: 1st year core curriculum complete

DST 795 - Special Topics (1-3)

Grading System: letter grades only.

DST 799 - Independent Study (1-3)

Independent studies enable advanced study of a topic, of interest to the student and the faculty member, not covered in the curriculum. Independent studies should not substitute for required courses, although exceptions may be considered on a case-by- case basis.Note: A Registrar’s Office Graduate Student Independent Study Form (http://www.gallaudet.edu/registrars_office/forms.html) and syllabus must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office before the add/drop period ends to register for an Independent Study

Prerequisite: Appropriate level of matriculation, permission of instructor and Special Independent Study Form.