Deaf Studies

Become equipped to work with Deaf learners in both schools for the Deaf and inclusive education environments.


This package has four compulsory topics and will examine issues such as disability and deafness, Sign Language and the fact that Deaf people identify themselves as a linguistic and cultural minority group.

Contemporary debates in the field on Deaf Education will also be investigated along with issues such as the role of South African Sign Language within the Bilingual-Bicultural classroom.
Throughout the course, the focus will be on the integration of theory and practice in Deaf Education.  Mode of instruction is subject to availability. Students may be required to complete a research project that focuses on Deaf Education (EDUC 4036) during this year of study.

This course will discuss Sign Language and the cognitive development of the Deaf learner. Issues such as language development, social development, emotional development, creativity and memory will be discussed from both a theoretical and practical perspective.
In order to effectively link theory and practice, the course will include a practical intervention component of cognitive enrichment through Feuerstein’s Mediated Learning Experience for the classroom.

Entry Requirements

  • A bachelors degree or equivalent with 65% course mark aggregate in a third year major.
  • At least an upper second class pass in the final undergraduate course in the subject.

Additional entry requirements may apply.

University Application Process

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Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

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