UCC Adult courses

Autism Studies - Dip

About This Course

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  • Title

    Autism Studies

  • Code

    DAUS

  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, Adult Continuing Education

  • Duration

    2 years classroom based

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time

  • Qualifications

    Dip

  • NFQ Level

    Level 6/7

  • NFQ Award Title

    Special Purpose

  • Fees

    €1,500 per academic year. See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Candidates must be at least 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    January 2023

  • Next Intake

    January 2023

  • Venue

    UCC Campus
    Limerick

  • Start Date

    January 2023

Course Outline

Adult Continuing Education (ACE) at UCC is delighted to offer this innovative Diploma based in UCC campus and Limerick city. This course is designed to introduce you to the different ways in which people on the autistic spectrum experience the world. You will learn about the history of autism, the different strengths, challenges and conceptualizations. Mental health and wellbeing will be examined as well the various supports and interventions that are available for people on the spectrum across their lifespan, and the legislation and policies that govern best practice.

Once students have successfully completed year one they can automatically progress to year two. During the second year of the programme students will explore theories and models of autism, how autism is perceived and portrayed by society and the media; the role of the law and legislative changes and daily living experiences of those with ASD. On completion of year two students will receive a level seven Diploma in Autism Studies.

Candidates who successfully complete first year may opt not to proceed to year two and may request to exit the programme with a Certificate in Autism Studies. Students will complete 30 credits per year of the programme.

Course Queries

For Academic Queries and Course Content Queries please contact the Programme Coordinator: 

Riona Doolan at riona.doolan@ucc.ie 

For Online Application Support please click here. 

If you require further assistance with your online application please contact the Programme Administrator Sinead Lennon at s.lennon@ucc.ie. 

Course Practicalities

Lectures will be delivered on Thursday evenings, with occasional Saturday sessions. Students will also be given recommended reading weekly (usually a short paper), but are free to explore beyond the set texts. For further information please contact the relevant co-ordinator.
  • This course is assessed entirely by continuous assessment. There will be an assignment in each of your modules which will be submitted on successful completion of each module. There are no examinations.
  • Lectures will be delivered by a diverse and highly qualified lecturing team, which may include academics, researchers, clinical psychologists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, support workers and those involved in policy. Some of our lecturing team have a diagnosis of ASD themselves. This diversity ensures students are given a wide range of perspectives on many important issues that may not be found in other courses.

The Diploma in Autism Studies (online) is undergoing a programmatic review and will not recruit for an intake in autumn 2022. Please register your interest here so that we can contact you once the online version of the course is open for applications in 2023.

Register Your Interest

Why Choose This Course

This course has given me an enormous sense of achievement, a sense of empowerment and a sense of self-belief."

Olga

Mother

Find Out More

This course is open to all with an interest in learning more about autism. Unlike some other university level courses, the only prerequisite is a Level 5 qualification (such as the Leaving Certificate or equivalent).  There is no need to hold a teaching degree or similar qualification to apply.

This course is designed for those with an interest in studying autism. This includes students exploring a change of career path or wishing to develop their current knowledge, students with a diagnosis of ASD themselves, family members or anyone with a personal and/or professional interest in the area of autism. 

Students who successfuly complete the Diploma the Autism Studies are then eligible to apply for the Higher Diploma Facilitating Inclusion, more information about this programme can be found here: Facilitating Inclusion - Disability Studies

Requirements

GENERAL:

  • Candidates must be at least 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application
  • Hold Leaving Certificate/FETAC Level 5 qualification (or equivalent)
  • Candidates who do not hold a Leaving Certificate/FETAC Level 5 qualification but have experience of Autism Spectrum Disorder will be considered
  • Candidates may be required to attend for interview (which can be arranged through Skype). Shortlisting may apply
  • English Language Requirement: All applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level6 or the equivalent TOEFL score or the equivalent Duolingo score.
  • Applicants will be asked to submit a Personal Statement, detailing their motivation to take this course and any work or life experience relevant to the subject of ASD (maximum one page).

Diploma programmes are offered subject to a minimum number of eligible applicants registering for the programme. Following completion of year 1 of this programme, should a sufficient number of eligible students not wish to progress form year 1 to year 2 of this programme as to make the year 2 viable, students will graduate with a certificate at that point. Programme viability is determined by reference to fee income and applicable costs in running the programme.

 

Fees and Costs

€1,500 per academic year.

Students who are registered on this programme are eligible to apply for the Financial Aid Fund for Part Time Students. Eligibility criteria applies. For more information see Financial Aid Part Time | University College Cork (ucc.ie)

How Do I Apply

Applicants need to be aware of the IT student checklist below before applying:

  • You will need access to a laptop or desktop computer running a modern supported operating system with all software updates.
  • Some of UCC’s services (e.g. the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment) link to an external site and also have mobile apps for iOS and Android Devices that you may wish to use as part of your studies.  However, we recommend using your desktop web browser for submission of assessments.
  • You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. In general, we recommend the Chrome Web browser (Important Note: Internet Explorer will not work with Canvas).
  • We recommend a reliable broadband connection with at least 2Mbps or more.
  • You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office or equivalent) and a PDF reader. You should always use the latest version of this software.  All UCC students will have access to Office 365 which includes software such as Word/Excel/Powerpoint etc. once registered.

To Apply for this course please follow the steps below:

When you log into the Application Portal:

Click Apply Online

Select Start a new Adult & Continuing Education Application 

On the 2nd tab Academic Level 
 
Select the following options:
 
Academic Level: Adult Continuing Education (ACE at UCC)
Course Type:  ACE Part-time Courses
Academic Programme: The course title you are applying for.

During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Personal Statement
  • Birth Cert or Passport
  • Passport Photograph 
  • English Language Test Report [if applicable]
  • 50% of the fees are also required to complete your application. 



Year 1 Modules

  • AD1009: Autism in a Historical and Contemporary context (5 credits)
    A history of autism: the concept and diagnosis of the 'autistic spectrum': autism as a social construction: medical and psychological theories of autism; autism and the social model of disability, perceptions of autism.
  • AD1010: Policy and Practice (5 credits)
    Overview of relevant legislation and policies; best practice guidelines; models of service; monitoring practice, policy and standards.
  • AD1019: Autism, Mental Health and Wellbeing (5 credits)
    The effect of ASD on an individual's mental health; explore the possibilities of receiving differentiated diagnosis between ASD and mental issues; living with ASD and mental health issues for families, services and society; promoting well-being for people with ASD and their families.
  • AD1036: Strengths and Challenges of Autism (5 credits)
    The triad of impairments at different stages of development; sensory and motor difficulties; emotions, relationships and sexuality; living with autism; autism in the workplace and community; different ways in which people on the autistic spectrum experience the world.
  • AD1037: Interventions and Supports across the Lifespan (10 credits)
    Key approaches in the education of people with autism throughout the lifespan; diverse approaches to inclusion.
  • AD1039: Autism in a Historical and Contemporary Context (5 credits)
    A history of autism: the concept and diagnosis of the 'autistic spectrum': autism as a social construction: medical and psychological theories of autism; autism and the social model of disability, perceptions of autism.
  • AD1040: Strengths and Challenges of Autism (5 credits)
    The triad of impairments at different stages of development; sensory and motor difficulties; emotions, relationships and sexuality; living with autism; autism in the workplace and community; different ways in which people on the autistic spectrum experience the world.
  • AD1041: Interventions and Supports Across the Lifespan (10 credits)
    Key approaches in the education of people with autism throughout the lifespan; diverse approaches to inclusion.
  • AD1042: Policy and Practice (5 credits)
    Overview of relevant legislation and policies; best practice guidelines; models of service; monitoring practice, policy and standards.
  • AD1043: Autism, Mental Health and Wellbeing (5 credits)
    The effect of ASD on an individual's mental health; explore the possibilities of receiving differentiated diagnosis between ASD and mental issues; living with ASD and mental health issues for families, services and society; promoting well-being for people with ASD and their families.

Year 2 Modules

  • AD2016: Theories and Models of Autism (10 credits)
    Syndrome models (Kanner, Asperger, triad/ dyad), cognitive (theory of mind, executive function, weak central coherence), psychological / psychoanalytical, biological (hormonal, 'extreme male brain', genetic causes), autism and the social model of disability, the concept of 'neurodiversity'.
  • AD2017: Perceptions and Portrayals (5 credits)
    Novels, art, movies and television shows which depict autism, the role of social media, the portrayal of autism in the news media, the language of autism.
  • AD2018: Autism, Citizenship and the Law (5 credits)
    The hierarchy of Irish law and legislative change. Legal framework providing services and conferring rights on people with autism. Concepts of citizenship, autonomy and decision-making. The history of citizenship and concepts of citizenship for disabled people, with reference to autonomy, resources and participation in society and employment. Adovcacy and assisted decision-making. Landmark legal cases regarding autism and disability in Ireland.
  • AD2019: Autism and Daily Living (10 credits)
    Emotions, family, relationships and sexuality; the economic, educational and social impact of autism; the various factors that affect people who have autism and the impact on daily living.
  • AD2023: Theories and Models of Autism (10 credits)
    Syndrome models (Kanner, Asperger, triad/ dyad), cognitive (theory of mind, executive function, weak central coherence), psychological / psychoanalytical, biological (hormonal, 'extreme male brain', genetic causes), autism and the social model of disability, the concept of 'neurodiversity'.
  • AD2024: Perceptions and Portrayals (5 credits)
    Novels, art, movies and television shows which depict autism, the role of social media, the portrayal of autism in the news media, the language of autism.
  • AD2025: Autism, Citizenship and the Law (5 credits)
    The hierarchy of Irish law and legislative change. Legal framework providing services and conferring rights on people with autism. Concepts of citizenship, autonomy and decision-making. The history of citizenship and concepts of citizenship for disabled people, with reference to autonomy, resources and participation in society and employment. Adovcacy and assisted decision-making. Landmark legal cases regarding autism and disability in Ireland.
  • AD2026: Autism and Daily Living (10 credits)
    Emotions, family, relationships and sexuality; the economic, educational and social impact of autism; the various factors that affect people who have autism and the impact on daily living.

Year 3 Modules

Year 4 Modules

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