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EDUC3039 Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Module Overview

This module offers you an opportunity to learn about Autism Spectrum Disorders. It provides different perspectives about how and when autism is identified. The module engages with the debates and controversies that exist in the field including: 'appropriate' educational provision; identity; and evidence-based practice. In addition you will learn about the experiences and views of people on the autism spectrum, including the neurodiversity movement. Importantly you will investigate the challenges faced in adulthood by people on the autism spectrum.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the challenges in meeting the needs of children, young people and / or adults on the autism spectrum in educational, policy and/ or practice and/or conceptual terms
  • Explain and critically evaluate the state-of-the-art in autism research, and/ or policy and/or practice in relation to specific topics


Typically this module will cover: Theories of learning and intervention for ASD The concept and practice of inclusion in relation to children with ASD The changing diagnostic landscape of ASD Evidence-based practice Advocacy, identity and voice Adults with ASD Technologies for supporting social interaction and communication

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Typically, this module is taught through 8 sessions of two hours (combining a lecture and a seminar element), plus 1 week of group/individual tutorials. You are required to prepare for scheduled sessions through the prior reading as indicated. Beyond this, you are expected to engage in wider reading and follow-up of scheduled sessions.

Independent Study132
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Key texts and resources. Key reading and other appropriate resources are available via the Library. A range of electronic resources will be made available via Blackboard as and when appropriate.


Assessment Strategy

There will be some choice about the focus of your essay. You will have the opportunity to discuss your essay plan through the group/individual tutorial sessions.


MethodPercentage contribution
Analytical essay  (3500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase reading texts as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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