PSYCH 401 - Special Problems in Psychology as a Social Science
Fall 2022, Section 005 - Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Mainstream Media
Instruction Mode: Section 005 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
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Details

Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Cost:
<50
Enforced Prerequisites:
One of the following: PSYCH 111, 112, 114, or 115.
Other Course Info:
Only 6 credits of PSYCH 400, 401, 402 combined may be counted toward a concentration plan in Psychology, and a maximum of 12 credits may be counted toward graduation.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Description

Current prevalence rates report that one in 44 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Characterized as a neurodevelopmental disorder with deficits in social communication and the presence of restricted and repetitive behaviors, ASD has become well recognized throughout the world. As such, ASD is commonly seen depicted in mainstream media, such as movies, novels, documentaries, blogs, magazine and newspaper articles, non-fiction reports of families experiences, and a number of television series.

In this course, we will read, watch, and discuss these mainstream depictions of ASD and evaluate how they relate to the empirical literature that has been published. Some specific topics covered will be autism severity (e.g. high-functioning/Asperger's, non-verbal, savant), the vaccination controversy, intimate relationships, finding a "cure" for autism, the diagnostic process, therapies and treatments, the "Aspie" culture, cross-cultural differences, and more. We will talk with professionals in the field, individuals and parents of children diagnosed with ASD, and possibly observe social groups and/or parts of the diagnostic process.

 

Course Requirements:

This is a discussion based seminar and students will be evaluated through leading group discussions, group projects and presentations, and written assignments (4-6 pages). Active participation is required. 

 

Schedule

PSYCH 401 - Special Problems in Psychology as a Social Science
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
23343
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-
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
004 (SEM)
 In Person
28595
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0
 
21
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
005 (SEM)
 In Person
30567
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7
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
009 (SEM)
 In Person
36169
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0
 
1
F 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: Psych 401-009 meets in the Pillsbury Room, East Hall. Take the elevator near the Church St entrance to floor "4M" (Fall 2022).
010 (LAB)
 In Person
34487
Closed
0
 
2
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: This course fulfills the Experiential Lab requirement for Psych majors. Contact the instructor to request permission to enroll. PSYCH 401-010 meets with ORGSTUDY 490-001 in WEIS855 (Fall 2022).
011 (SEM)
 In Person
27438
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0
 
4
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
013 (SEM)
 In Person
34928
Closed
0
 
1
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
015 (SEM)
 In Person
28596
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0
 
-
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
016 (SEM)
 In Person
34924
Closed
0
 
4
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
017 (SEM)
 In Person
34925
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0
 
6
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
018 (SEM)
 In Person
34926
Closed
0
 
-
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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