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American Deaf Culture

University of Houston System and University of Houston via Coursera


This is a six-week course providing a historical overview of the American Deaf community and its evolving culture. Theoretical frameworks from sociology are explored. Deafness as a culture and not a disability is explained as participants are guided into the world of Deaf culture.


  • Module 1: Discrimination and Audism
    • Introduction to course and explanation of Civil Rights struggles for the American Deaf community. Detailed explanation of the term “audism”.
  • Module 2: What is American Deaf Culture? - An Introduction
    • Overview of commonly used terminology and jargon related to deafness. Introduction to the existence of Deaf Culture.
  • Module 3: "My Child is born deaf" - Language acquisition
    • Summary and analysis of communication options for those that are members of the American Deaf community. Introduction of the impact of American Sign Language and the import of language acquisition for deaf children.
  • Module 4: What is American Deaf Culture? - an Overview
    • Overview of the Core Values of the American Deaf culture. Explanation of the medical vs. cultural view of the American Deaf community.
  • Module 5: Education and the Law as it affects the American Deaf community
    • : Discussion of U.S. Laws enacted that affect the American Deaf community and educational options.
  • Module 6: History of American Deaf community
    • Summary of course objectives and final exam.

Taught by

Terrell Brittain


4.5 rating at Coursera based on 359 ratings

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