AD5836: Autism: The Social Context

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 30.
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: 24hr(s) Lectures; 76hr(s) Other (self-directed learning)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, School of Applied Social Studies, and guest lecturers; Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: To develop a clear perception of the different ways in which people on the autism spectrum might experience the world around them. To understand how Autism can further impact people with disabilities. To identify a range of behaviours associated with autism. New ways of understanding the spectrum will be explored and facilitative approaches to supporting challenges experienced will be reflected upon.
Module Content: This module will review a brief history of autism and associated life experiences; the impact of autism on the individual and the person's circle of supports; the concept of the 'autisitic spectrum'; theories of autism and varied models of support and facilitative approaches across the lifespan.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Explore the concept of the 'autistic spectrum' and experiences of autism in a historical and contemporary context.
  • Identify a range of behaviours associated iwth autism.
  • Explore the relationship between communication and challenging behaviour.
  • Debate the concept of autism as a social construction informed by individual and social models of disability.
  • Understand daily living from the lens of a person with Autism across their lifespan and potential challenges impacting upon inclusion/engagement.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (2,500 word assignment).
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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