Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ITP 242
Course Title:
Deaf Culture II
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Course Description

Analyzes advanced concepts in cultural, gender, and sociological studies in the Deaf community, including current topics in dual- and multiple-minority perspectives, discussion of the Deaf-Blind experience, and advocacy and political action relating to modern Deaf issues. Course is taught in ASL with no interpretation. Prerequisites: ITP 241 and admission into Sign Language Interpretation program and department permission required.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Interact in a way that respects the values, social customs, and cultural aspects of Deaf people, with a clear understanding of the complex societal factors that impact the experience of Deaf-Blind, LGBT, ethnic, and other minorities within Deaf society.
  • Apply an understanding of current social and political issues in the Deaf community to how they express themselves in ASL.
  • Apply cultural understandings learned in class effectively to authentic interactions with native signers.

Course Activities and Design

This course will include live and recorded presentations, lectures, small group discussions, student presentations, and guest speakers.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment strategies include quizzes, exams, papers, and short presentations.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Course content will include:

  • Culture in general, American Culture, and American Deaf Culture.  
  • Different perspectives based on background, language, communication mode, gender, age, ethnicity, values, social customs, cultural aspects, historical context
  • Explores patterns of social changes,focusing on issues of power, oppression, and privilege with special attention to current social concepts of Deafhood, Deaf gain, and reframing.