AD2025: Autism, Citizenship and the Law

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: This module examines the concept of citizenship, its basis in law and the circumstances in which citizenship and personal capacity are diminished by (medical) impairment or (socially constructed) perceptions of ability. The role of advocacy and assisted decision-making is also examined.
Module Content: 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.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Identify the hierarchy of Irish law
  • Consider the role of advocacy and self-advocacy
  • Identify the specific legislation relevant to people with autism and their rights with respect to equality, educational entitlements, decision-making capacity and sexual expression
  • Outline forthcoming legislation in progress and in public debate relevant to people with autism
  • Debate the relationship between autism, citizenship and the law.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 1,500 word written analysis of a relevant case study, 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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