HDS727 - Auslan and the Deaf Community: Health and Wellbeing


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: Nil


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: HDS227
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 hour lecture per week, asynchronous (live and recorded)
1 hour live seminar per week (not recorded)


Students attend online live, unrecorded weekly language sessions which require use of a web camera, turned on throughout the session. Minimum attendance of 80% is required. Please contact the Unit Chair before enrolling if you have any questions about these requirements.

Please note, there are limited places in this unit. Applicants are strongly encouraged to enrol as soon as possible. 


This unit introduces students to Auslan and issues relevant to the Australian Deaf community. Students will engage with contemporary approaches to disability, deafness and critically explore the health and wellbeing outcomes of deaf Australians. Students will learn the theoretical and cultural contexts to understand this unique and contemporary language used by Deaf communities across Australia, reflect on their own communication and problem-solving skills, and design improvements to promote more inclusive practice. In weekly practical sessions students will learn Auslan vocabulary for conversation and communication with a focus on health and wellbeing and relevant environments. Authentic learning and assessment activities will reflect the multidisciplinary and diverse cohort of undergraduate and postgraduate students learning together. The unit features a range of learning activities which support conceptual and language development and provide opportunities for supported learning and feedback.

Unit Fee Information

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Tuition fees increase at the beginning of each calendar year and all fees quoted are in Australian dollars ($AUD). Tuition fees do not include textbooks, computer equipment or software, other equipment or costs such as mandatory checks, travel and stationery.

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How to apply

You can apply online for this single unit via the Deakin Applicant Portal. Enter the unit code above and follow the steps to submit your application online. Once submitted, we'll be in contact via email to confirm your place.

You can apply for multiple units in one trimester in a single application or to study multiple units over subsequent trimesters, you'll need to submit a separate application for each study period.

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