AD2023: Theories and Models of Autism

Credit Weighting: 10
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: 18 x 3hr(s) Lectures (video lectures); 24hr(s) Other (online moderated activities); 140hr(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: Identify and examine different theories and models of autism.
Module Content: 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'.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Identify theories and models of autism
  • Debate the relative strengths and weaknesses of the various theories and models
  • Roceognise there is, as yet, no single theory which fully explains autism
  • Recognise there is, as yet, no single cause for autism that has been identified
  • Debate the relationship between disability and impairment in relation to autism
  • Consider the geographical, cultural and socio-economic factors that influence the concept of autism
  • Examine the concept of 'autism as identity'.
Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x 1,500 - 2,000 word academic essay, 90 marks; 1 x 1,500 word learning journal, 90 marks; Online discussion forum participation, 20 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 Co-ordinator).

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