Autism: A Broad Spectrum

Instructor: 
Rebekah Cummings
Day/Time Taught: 
TR 11:00 - 12:15 pm
Term: 
Spring
Year: 
2014
Prefix: 
UCO
Course Number: 
1200
Section-1: 
142

Autism.  It’s only a word.  But it is a powerful word laden with meaning.  For some it is an answer – a key to making sense of themselves or of their child.  It is a difference to be respected and celebrated, accommodated not fixed.  For others this label is a heavy burden.  Some professionals confess to hating having to give the label for fear of the family’s reaction, in part because autism has been publicized as a horrible disease leading to poor life outcomes.  “So, what is autism, really?”  In this course, students will explore that question in depth.  Going beyond familiarity with the diagnostic criteria, students will delve deeply into the lived experiences of those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families through written and audio-visual narratives.  Students will also explore the portrayal of autism in popular media, including news shows and sitcoms.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey
mccaugheym@appstate.edu

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