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AD1039: Autism in a Historical and Contemporary Context

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 35.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 9 x 2hr(s) Lectures (video lectures); 12hr(s) Other (online moderated activities); 70hr(s) Directed Study
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: Drawing from sociology, psychology and disability studies, this module looks at the origins of autism in a historical context. The historical and social practices in the early twentieth century that enabled autism to be identified are examined.
Module Content: 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.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Debate the concept of the `autistic spectrum' in a historical and contemporary context
  • Identify theories of autism
  • Consider the concept of autism as a social construction
  • Consider the variety of ways in which autism is conceptualised and perceived.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Online discussion forum participation, 10 marks; 1 x 1,500 word paper/chapter review, 90 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Module Coordinator).

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