February - Dual-Delivery
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This subject will explore a range of aspects of deafness, including communication, technology and Auslan, or Australian sign language. It will examine deafness from a linguistic and cultural view to gain insight into human communication and the relationship between culture and language. This subject will investigate the impact of deafness on communication, literacy, social development, access and equity, and also consider how technology impacts on the lives of people who are deaf. Other topics covered will include a brief introduction to sign language, bilingual approaches to learning, deaf culture, the cochlear implant, noise induced hearing loss and the development of spoken language in deaf children.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Critically reflect on perspectives of deafness including medical, social and cultural models.
- Reflect on the barriers and facilitators of communicating with individuals with hearing loss.
- Investigate the physiology of hearing and causes of hearing loss.
- Evaluate the benefit and limitations of technology in the lives of deaf people.
- Report on key knowledge and strategies that can support inclusion for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
In this subject, students will develop the following set of key transferable skills:
- Critical reasoning and thinking
- Problem solving
- Creativity and innovation
- Self-reflection and lifelong learning
Last updated: 1 December 2023