AD2024: Perceptions and Portrayals

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: To examine the variety of images of autism in art, literature and the media and their influence on perceptions of people with autism. To examine the impact images have on care and service provision for autism, to critically analyse stereotypes of autism.
Module Content: 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.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Analyse the role of the media in the portrayal of autism
  • Consider the personal experiences of autism
  • Explore the role of social media on the 'neurodiversity movement' and the awareness of autism
  • Recognise the impact of the media on perceptions and understanding of autism
  • Consider the role of language on perception of autism
  • Understand the influence of the media on self-perceptions of autism
  • Critically analyse the media's role in the understanding of autism.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 1,500 word written assignment, 90 marks; Online discussion forum participation, 10 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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