UVa Course Catalog (Unofficial, Lou's List)
Complete Catalog for the American Sign Language Program    
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American Sign Language
ASL 1010Elementary American Sign Language I (4.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Introduces receptive and expressive American Sign Language skills, including basic vocabulary, sentence structure, classifiers, use of space, non-manual type indicators, and fingerspelling. Examines signing deaf people as a linguistic/cultural minority.
ASL 1020Elementary American Sign Language II (4.00)
Introduces receptive and expressive American Sign Language skills, including basic vocabulary, sentence structure, classifiers, use of space, non-manual type indicators, and fingerspelling. Examines signing deaf people as a linguistic/cultural minority. Prerequisite: ASL 1010 or successful completion of placement exam.
ASL 1559New Course in American Sign Language (1.00 - 4.00)
New Course offering in the subject of American Sign Language.
ASL 2010Intermediate American Sign Language I (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Continues training in American Sign Language, with focus on more complex sentence types, signs, and idioms. Considers ASL literary forms such as poetry, theater, and storytelling, as well as deaf history and other related topics. Prerequisite: ASL 1020 or successful completion of placement exam.
ASL 2020Intermediate American Sign Language II (3.00)
Continues training in American Sign Language, with focus on more complex sentence types, signs, and idioms. Considers ASL literary forms such as poetry, theater, and storytelling, as well as deaf history and other related topics. Prerequisite: ASL 2010 or successful completion of placement exam.
ASL 2300Women and Gender In The Deaf World (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Examines the roles of deaf women inside and outside of the signing Deaf community. Using an interdisciplinary approach, considers such topics as language and cultural barriers, violence against women, sexuality, race, class, education, and work. Investigates disparities between deaf and hearing women and the choices available to d/Deaf women, individually and collectively, in contemporary culture. No prior knowledge of ASL is required.
Course was offered Fall 2009
ASL 2450Deaf People, Society, and the Law (3.00)
This course will explore the Deaf community, discrimination, and laws affecting Deaf people in the United States. We will consider the experiences of Deaf people before and after such measures as the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 to gain insight into how the law affects social perceptions and people's everyday lives. No prior knowledge of ASL or Deaf culture is required for this course.
Course was offered Spring 2013, Spring 2010
ASL 2559New Course in American Sign Language (1.00 - 4.00)
New course offering the subject of American Sign Language.
ASL 3010Conversational ASL (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Continues language and cultural instruction with emphasis on everyday conversation. Topics include common idioms and slang, explaining rules, discussing finances and major decisions, and storytelling techniques such as role-shifting and narrative structure. Students will be required to interact with deaf signers. Prerequisite: ASL 2020 or successful completion of placement interview.
ASL 3081History of the American Deaf Community (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
This new course will examine the history of deaf people in the United States over the last three centuries, with particular attention to the emergence and evolution of a community of Deaf people who share a distinct sign language and culture. We will read both primary texts from specific periods and secondary sources. We will also view a few historical films. Prerequisite: none (thought a previous class in History or ASL is recommended)
Course was offered Fall 2015, Fall 2013
ASL 3559New Course in American Sign Language (1.00 - 4.00)
New course in the subject of American Sign Language.
ASL 4112Psychology and Deaf People (3.00)
This course will consider the psychological development and psychosocial issues of deaf people. Topics covered will include cognition, education, hearing and speech perception, impact of family interaction and communication approaches, influence of etiology/genetics, language development, literacy, mental health, social and personality development, interpersonal behavior, and current trends.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
ASL 4115Multiculturalism in the Deaf Community (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Explores cultural influences on identity development, family systems, linguistics, engagement with educational and community agencies, and resilience within the Deaf community. The interaction of culture, identity and language will be highlighted and applied to future trends for groups within the Deaf community, such as children of Deaf adults, GLTB community members, ethnic minority groups, women, and persons with disabilities.
Course was offered Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
ASL 4559New Course in American Sign Language (1.00 - 4.00)
New course in the subject of American Sign Language.
Course was offered Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013
ASL 4750Topics in Deaf Studies (3.00)
Examines such topics as American deaf history; ASL linguistics; deaf education; cultural versus pathological views of deaf people; controversies over efforts to eliminate sign language and cure deafness; ASL poetry and storytelling; deafness in mainstream literature, film, and drama; deafness and other minority identities; and the international deaf community.
Course was offered Fall 2014, Fall 2012, Spring 2011
ASL 4810Deafness in Literature and Film (3.00)
Studies representations of deaf people in literature and film over the last three centuries. Takes a contrapuntal approach, juxtaposing canonical literature and mainstream films with works (in either English or American Sign Language) by relatively unknown deaf artists.
ASL 4993Independent Study in American Sign Language (1.00 - 3.00)
Offered
Fall 2017
Independent Study in American Sign Language. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission