Catalog 2019-20

Deaf Studies

Associate Degree

A.A. in Deaf Studies

This degree provides an introductory overview of the Deaf community and American Sign Language in cultural context. Students completing the Deaf Studies A.A. degree will develops an understanding and respect for the Deaf culture which will enable them to collaborate effectively with Deaf people for the empowerment of the Deaf community. The Deaf Studies A.A. provides students with the psychosocial dynamics necessary to work in educational or social service setting or to pursue an advanced degree at a 4-year institution.

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
DEAF 310 American Sign Language I 4
DEAF 312 American Sign Language II 4
DEAF 314 American Sign Language III 4
DEAF 316 American Sign Language IV 4
DEAF 351 Introduction to American Deaf Culture 3
DEAF 352 Introduction to American Deaf Education 3
DEAF 360 Deaf Art 3
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
DEAF 311 Fingerspelling, Classifiers and Numbers  (3)
DEAF 354 Creative Signs  (3)
DEAF 380 American Sign Language Literature  (3)
Total Units: 28

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

Compare and contrast characteristics that impact a Deaf person's life in the following areas: the world of work, education, family, language and social development.

Demonstrate the ability to carry on an American Sign Language conversation consistent with the ability of a 4th semester second language students with a Deaf individual or groups of Deaf people.

Demonstrate characteristics related to personal growth and adjustment in various populations within and outside of the Deaf community.

Apply skills in working with various Deaf participants within and outside of the Deaf community.

Demonstrate skills in working with school-age Deaf children in an educational setting.

Compare and differentiate the Deaf individual to individuals of diverse populations when comparing human development.

Demonstrate appropriate cultural interactions within the Deaf community.

Demonstrate ability to communicate respectfully in a Deaf-culture setting.

Career Information

This degree prepares students for entry-level positions such as paraprofessional services in an individual or group setting, in an educational or social services agency which serves Deaf consumers.

Deaf Studies (DEAF) Courses

DEAF 300 Introduction to Deaf Culture and ASL Studies Orientation

Units: 0.5

Hours: 9 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

This course provides an overview of Deaf Culture and American Sign Language (ASL) Studies at Cosumnes River College. Topics include an introduction to the field of Deaf culture and ASL, job opportunities, and the skills needed to be successful in the field. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: compile a list of regulations, ethics, certification, and educational requirements needed to enter the Deaf culture and ASL Studies field.

DEAF 310 American Sign Language I

Units: 4

Hours: 72 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This is the first course in a series of four courses in American Sign Language (ASL). The instructional activities are based on an immersion approach, in which the learners develop language competency in source and target language. The emphasis is on non-speech communication. Topics include grammatical features such as adjective descriptors, differentiation between cardinal/ordinal numbers, contrastive structure, temporal aspect markers and temporal sequencing, conversational skills, narrative skills, and discussions with peers. This course was formerly known as SILA 305.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: ASSEMBLE SHORT SENTENCE DIALOGS WHICH DEMONSTRATE RECEPTIVE AND EXPRESSIVE COMPETENCIES OF TARGETED LEXICAL AND SYNTACTICAL FORMS OF AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE.

DEAF 311 Fingerspelling, Classifiers and Numbers

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: DEAF 310 or SILA 305 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course covers the manual alphabet, numbers and classifiers and is designed to augment expressive and receptive fingerspelling, number and classifiers skills introduced in American Sign Language (ASL) courses. The focus is on skills and perceptual strategies used by students. Emphasis is on recognition of fingerspelling in context. Basic knowledge of American Sign Language is required. It enables the ASL students to develop, expand, and reinforce hands-on experiences with ASL using basic or complex fingerspelling, numbers, and classifiers skills.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: UTILIZE EXPRESSIVE AND RECEPTIVE FINGERSPELLING STYLE IN AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE.

DEAF 312 American Sign Language II

Units: 4

Hours: 72 hours LEC

Prerequisite: DEAF 310 or SILA 305 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU; UC

This is the second in a series of four courses in American Sign Language (ASL). The emphasis is on nonverbal communication. Course topics will be presented in a culturally rich context, providing students with the opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation for Deaf culture. Topics include grammatical features such as adjective descriptors, differentiation between cardinal/ordinal numbers, contrastive structure, temporal aspect markers and temporal sequencing, conversational skills, narrative skills, and discussions with peers. This course was formerly known as SILA 306.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: PREPARE COMPLEX DIALOGUES THAT DEMONSTRATE RECEPTIVE AND EXPRESSIVE COMPETENCIES OF TARGETED LEXICAL ITEMS FROM SITUATION FROM SITUATIONS OR NARRATIVES THAT OCCUR IN DAILY LIFE ACTIVITIES.

DEAF 314 American Sign Language III

Units: 4

Hours: 72 hours LEC

Prerequisite: DEAF 312 or SILA 306 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course is the third in a series of four courses in American Sign Language. It emphasizes expressive and receptive nonverbal communication skills between signers who have preliminary American Sign Language syntactical and lexical skills. It provides an understanding of deaf cultural processes by identifying behaviors and norms from activities assigned in the class. It also includes dialogs that involve asking, empathizing, negotiating and agreeing or disagreeing. The emphasis is on non-speech communication. This course was formerly known as SILA 315.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: APPRAISE AND DEMONSTRATE RECEPTIVE AND EXPRESSIVE SKILLS OF TARGETED FEATURE GRAMMATICAL FEATURES WHICH INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING AREAS: NUMBERS WHEN EXPRESSING TIMES, MONEY, COUNTING, DATES AND ADDRESSES CONCEPTS; FREQUENCY VERBS WHEN EXPRESSING TIME AND DURATION; LOCATIVE CLASSIFIERS WHEN DESCRIBING BUILDINGS FLOOR PLANS; DESCRIPTIVE CLASSIFIERS WHEN ASKED TO DEFINE AND DESCRIBE FURNITURE, CLOTHING, VARIOUS OBJECTS AND FOOD DISHES.

DEAF 316 American Sign Language IV

Units: 4

Hours: 72 hours LEC

Prerequisite: DEAF 314 or SILA 315 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course is the fourth in a series of four courses in American Sign Language (ASL). It emphasizes expressive communication skills that involve locating and signing interesting facts, making major life decisions, discussing health conditions, and using money. It incorporates information and activities previously learned about Deaf culture into these narratives. The emphasis is on non-speech communication. This course was formerly known as SILA 316.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: APPRAISE AND DEMONSTRATE RECEPTIVE AND EXPRESSIVE MASTERY OF TARGETED GRAMMATICAL MARKERS WHICH INCLUDE: ELABORATIONS IN NARRATIVES, DIALOGS, UTILIZING SIGNS THAT DESCRIBE SPECIFIC FACTS, GENERALIZATIONS, THEORIES, CONCLUSIONS; DESCRIBING MAJOR LIFE DECISIONS; DISCUSSING HEALTH CONDITIONS AND USING MONEY.

DEAF 351 Introduction to American Deaf Culture

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course is a survey of four institutions which have critical impact on the psycho-social development of Deaf people: family, education, work, and society. It provides awareness and sensitivity to the unique challenges of deafhood and how they influence personal,social and communication competencies of the Deaf person. Selected visits to community events may be required. This course is formerly known as SILA 330.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: DEFINE CULTURE AND APPLY THE DEFINATION BY USING EXAMPLES OF TYPICAL SOCIAL NORMS OF DEAF PEOPLE.

DEAF 352 Introduction to American Deaf Education

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course surveys topics related to educating Deaf children, adults, and individuals with additional disabilities. It also covers teaching methods and philosophies, school placement issues, child development, and methods of addressing developmental and linguistic stages. Selected visits to a residential Deaf school in Fremont and/or a local mainstreaming/Deaf program school may be required. This course was formerly known as SILA 332.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: DISTINGUISH AND DESCRIBE ESSENTIAL COMPONENTS OF PUBLIC LAW UNDER SPECIAL EDUCATION/AMERICA DISBILITY ACT (ADA)

DEAF 353 Baby Sign Language

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

This course focuses on Baby Sign Language vocabulary, alphabet, handshape, movement, palm orientation, structure,and grammar. Students will learn core vocabulary, comprehension, and grammar in ASL to understand its structure. Students will also be introduced to the history of the Deaf community and its culture, as well as be exposed to community resources for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing populations. This course was formerly known as SILA 338.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: LEARN AND DEMONSTRATE MANUAL ALPHABET (ASL).

DEAF 354 Creative Signs

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: DEAF 314 or communicating at a level of preliminary American Sign Language syntactical and lexical skills that are equivalent to the completion of DEAF 314.

Transferable: CSU

Introduction to the techniques of facial expression, characterization, body movement, and specialization as it relates to American Sign Language. Development of expressive sign language skills through the use of poetry, songs, skits, storytelling, jokes and slang signs.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: evaluate and analyze a written paper on a related topic to American Sign Language, as well as the development of expressive sign language skills through the use of poetry, songs, skits, storytelling, jokes and slang signs.

DEAF 360 Deaf Art

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course introduces Deaf Arts such as drawings, sculptures, artifacts, painting, printmaking and films. We will examine the materials, methods, and design principles of creating Deaf Arts . Local field trips may be required. This course addresses the need and demand of this instruction for global recognition and its social and cultural affects toward Deaf Arts. It promotes global and cultural understanding to the relationship of Deaf Art and the expression of national, regional, socio-economic class, and gender identity.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Identify various transformations of Deaf Art throughout the 1800's to present day.

DEAF 380 American Sign Language Literature

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: DEAF 314 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course introduces American Sign Language (ASL) literature genres such as folklore and folktales, storytelling, visual vernacular, personification, classifier story, poetry, ABC and number stories and non-fiction narrative. Topics include analyzing and applying ASL usage in ASL literature genres.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: analyze and critique various genres within ASL literature.

DEAF 400 Deaf Culture and ASL Studies Capstone

Units: 1

Hours: 18 hours LEC

Prerequisite: DEAF 316 or SILA 316 with grades of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

This course applies classroom learning to real-world practice in the Deaf community. It includes development of portfolios and digital portfolios from previous work in DEAF courses. Topics also include resume writing and interview skills.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: demonstrate skills that enhance relationships with other employees, consumers, and the employer.

DEAF 495 Independent Study

Units: 1 - 3

Hours: 54 - 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).

Full-time Faculty

Kim E. Harrell
Office: SOC 121
Phone: (916) 691-IP 165.196.159.2
E-mail: Harrelke@crc.losrios.edu

Adjunct Faculty

Cari Carter

CRC offers courses in Deaf Studies designed to introduce students to Deaf Culture and American Sign Language Studies. Students learn basic skills to enable them to communicate with members of the deaf community. Moreover, students learn about deaf culture such as cultural behaviors and values.