CES 130 Ethnic Identity of Deafness • 5 Cr.


Leads students to an understanding of Deafness as a cultural identity, through an exploration of Identity Formation, as explained by social scientific theory, and expressed through film, art, literature, poetry and visual music, which reveal the historical and social forces that act upon the lives of Deaf people in the modern world. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101 or ENGL 092 or ENGL 093 with a C- or better.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Read critically, actively, and reflectively; Construct and defend a working Definition of identity; Identify and explain the substrates of contemporary, ethnic, Deaf, and individual identity; Identify and explain historical events, and agents pursuant to the development of Deaf identity; Support their own conclusions about the validity of the assumptions and ideas they have encountered in the assigned readings; Form analytical questions about a text; Demonstrate analysis through rhetorical techniques; Analayze and articulate the ways in which power has been vested in definitions of "normal" within the context of Deafness and ethnicity.