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Module code:PALS0020 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Deafness, Cognition and Language
Credit value:15
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser (provisional):Kate Rowley
Organiser's location:Deafness, Cognition and Language Research Centre
Available for students in Year(s):3
Module prerequisites:None 
Module outline:The study of human language and cognition has traditionally focused on users of spoken languages, acquired by ‘ear’ early in life. This module takes a unique and exciting perspective by exploring what the study of deaf people can add to our understanding of human language and cognition generally. Many people born deaf use a visual language, acquired by ‘eye’, often outside the normal timeframe for language acquisition. The study of deaf people and sign languages are an essential test of universality, but also widens our sphere of thinking from beyond the speech modality, enabling us to study rich aspects of multi-modal human communication that would be missed if we only focused on spoken languages.  
Module aims:This module provides students with up to date knowledge of deafness and sign language research with lectures presented by active researchers from the world-leading UCL Deafness, Cognition and Language Research Centre. Teaching will focus on visual communication with an emphasis on visual elements of spoken language communication (including speechreading, gesture and reading ) and on sign languages, in terms of the psychological and neurological processes that are involved. Throughout, there will be special emphasis on modality issues: the extent to which spoken and signed language processing is shaped by the modality in which they occur.  
Module objectives:It is expected that by the end of the module students will have an understanding of the social and theoretical issues which impact on research in this area, understand issues involved in designing and undertaking research with these populations, and be able to critically read the relevant literature. The module will be taught by UCL staff who are active researchers in the area of language, cognition and deafness. 
Key skills provided by module:understand the scientific underpinnings of psychology as a discipline reason scientifically and demonstrate the relationship between theory and evidence adopt multiple perspectives reason scientifically, understand the role of evidence and make critical judgments about arguments in psychology adopt multiple perspectives and systematically analyses the relationships between them communicate ideas and research findings by written, oral and visual means communicate ideas and research findings, both effectively and fluently by written, oral and visual means  
Module timetable: 
Module assessment:

UG FHEQ Level 6

  • Standard assessment pattern:
    • Coursework (2,000 Words) 50.00%
    • Unseen two-hour written examination 50.00%
  • Alternative assessment pattern for affiliate students unable to sit the standard assessments:
    • Essay (2,000 words) 100.00%

PG FHEQ Level 7

  • Standard assessment pattern:
    • Coursework (2,000 Words) 100.00%

UG FHEQ Level 7

  • Standard assessment pattern:
    • One essay (3000 words) 100.00%
Taking this module as an option?:Yes 
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