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Deafness and Communication (EDUC20069)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeEDUC20069
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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

  • Understand the central role of communication in society and that deafness primarily impacts upon communication;
  • Develop an understanding of the full range of perspectives of deafness, including medical, social and cultural;
  • Understand the benefits and limitations of technology in the lives of deaf people;
  • Compare the range of educational approaches available to children and young people who are deaf and consider the implications of these for academic and social development.

Generic skills

Students will

  • understand how deafness impacts on language development and culture;
  • experience the implications of deafness for communication development;
  • learn some basic Auslan skills;
  • discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different perspectives on deafness.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



There are two pieces of assessment.

For summer intensive:

  • one practical assignment equivalent to 2000 words, due 3 weeks post intensive (50%);
  • one essay of 2000 words, due 8 weeks post intensive (50%);

For semester 2:

  • one practical assignment equivalent to 2000 words, due mid-semester (50%);
  • one essay of 2000 words, due during the examination period (50%).

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at all tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Dates & times

  • February
    Principal coordinatorSharon Klieve
    CoordinatorKate Leigh
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Pre teaching start date 4 February 2019
    Pre teaching requirementsDuring the pre teaching period students will be required to complete a number of readings accessed via the LMS.
    Teaching period11 February 2019 to 15 February 2019
    Last self-enrol date 5 February 2019
    Census date22 February 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail15 March 2019
    Assessment period ends 8 April 2019

    February contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 10 August 2019