Deaf Studies Online Programs

Welcome to ASL Connect’s Deaf Studies Online course offerings. These courses have been developed by leading Deaf Studies scholars. Each course is designed for students to engage with scholars and instructors through readings, video lectures, discussion boards and projects. See below for more information on each course, including syllabi, course schedules and registration information.

General Information

Tuition: $888
RID CMP: Gallaudet University is an approved RID CMP sponsor for continuing education activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for 4.5 CEUs at the introductory content knowledge level. Please download the Academic Coursework Activity Report Form for more information.
Course Materials: All materials will be posted in Blackboard.
Note: Payment must be received to finalize your course registration.

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Introduction to Deaf Studies (3 credits)

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This is an introductory survey to the field of Deaf Studies that highlights cutting edge concepts and theories at use in this field. The course will show how deaf people and sign languages are integral aspects of human diversity and how societies have responded to this diversity across different social, temporal, and cultural moments and movements.

Prerequisite: Permission of department; contact aslconnect@gallaudet.edu.
Instructor: Joseph Murray

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CourseDatesSemester
PST 210-OL1 1/22/19 - 3/15/19 2019 Spring Session
PST 210-OL1 8/25/19 - 10/18/19 2019 Fall Session
PST 210-OL1 TBA 2020 Fall Session

Introduction to Cultural Studies (3 credits)

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This course investigates how culture shapes the way people see the world. Students will explore cultural readings and examine various texts around us to understand how culture,identity and history frame experiences. Traditional courses in cultural studies assume that the meanings in this world are central in creating us -- individually and collectively. Students will examine how culture transmits a view of the world and power through critical analysis.

Prerequisite: Permission of department; contact aslconnect@gallaudet.edu.
Instructor: Joseph Murray

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CourseDatesSemester
PST 213-OL1 10/21/19 - 12/13/19 2019 Fall Session
PST 213-OL1 TBA 2020 Fall Session

Deaf Culture (3 credits)

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This course will begin with developing an understanding of the concept of "culture" and then will focus on the complexities and varieties of Deaf cultural experiences. Students will be asked to engage course materials through multi-disciplinary approaches in order to gain a critical appreciation of Deaf lives within historical, political and global contexts.

Prerequisite: Permission of department; contact aslconnect@gallaudet.edu.
Instructor: TBD

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CourseDatesSemester
PST 212-OL1 1/22/19 - 3/15/19 2019 Spring Session
PST 212-OL1 1/21/19 - 3/13/19 2019 Spring Session
PST 212-OL1 TBA 2020 Spring Session

Dynamics of Oppression (3 credits)

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This course examines various forms of oppression by looking across different cultures and communities, then examines possible parallels occurring within the deaf community.

Prerequisite: Permission of department; contact aslconnect@gallaudet.edu.
Instructor: TBD

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CourseDatesSemester
PST 202-OL1 3/18/19 - 5/10/19 2019 Spring Session
PST 202-OL1 3/16/20 - 5/8/20 2020 Spring Session

ASL Literature (3 credits)

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The formal title of this course is "Oral Traditions in the Deaf Community." The dynamics of oral cultures and their traditions will be introduced in this course by studying the development of oral literature and literary artists in other cultures. Then using this as a background, attempts will be made to study ASL literary traditions by looking at life histories, narratives, and poetry performances.

Prerequisite: Permission of department; contact aslconnect@gallaudet.edu.

Instructor: TBD

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CourseDatesSemester
PST 203-OL1 3/18/19 - 5/10/19 2019 Spring Session

Disability Studies (3 credits)

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This course will introduce students to the field of Disability Studies. As an emerging interdisciplinary field of study, Disability Studies does not approach disability as a "medical condition, but as a human condition" (Charlton). Instead of studying the causes and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities, we will explore the historical, social, political, religious, philosophical, and cultural influences that "construct" the category of "disability." We will also examine how persons with disabilities construct their own meanings and identities.

Prerequisite: Permission of department; contact aslconnect@gallaudet.edu.
Instructor: Meredith Burke

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CourseDatesSemester
PST 260-OL1 8/25/19 - 10/18/19 2019 Fall Session
PST 260-OL1 TBA 2020 Fall Session

Deaf Women's Studies (3 credits)

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This course will explore how the field of women's studies came into being by way of the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention. Issues faced by both hearing and deaf women will be investigated: career, educational opportunities, reproduction, and patriarchy, among others.

Prerequisite: Permission of department; contact aslconnect@gallaudet.edu.
Instructor: TBD

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CourseDatesSemester
PST 222-OL1 5/20/19 - 7/12/19 2019 Summer Session
PST 222-OL1 TBA 2020 Summer Session

Black Deaf People Studies (3 credits)

Trio of Black Deaf Historical Figures

This course primarily examines black deaf people in America including the Caribbean Islands and Africa. The course is organized to focus on the history, education, community and culture, language, and psychosocial forces that influence black deaf people's experience. It will concentrate on the social, political, and cultural development of a unique group of people that is a part of the general deaf community and the black community.

Prerequisite: Permission of department; contact aslconnect@gallaudet.edu.
Instructor: TBD

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CourseDatesSemester
PST 223-OL1 6/24/19 - 8/16/19 2019 Summer Session
PST 223-OL1 TBA 2020 Summer Session

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