PSYCH 401 - Special Problems in Psychology as a Social Science
Winter 2023, 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:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/4/23 - 4/18/23 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
For information on drop/add deadlines, see the Office of the Registrar and search Registration Deadlines.

Description

Current prevalence rates report that one in 54 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
22658
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0
 
2
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
002 (SEM)
 In Person
34395
Closed
0
 
8
Th 2:00PM - 5:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
004 (SEM)
 In Person
21955
Closed
0
 
39
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
005 (SEM)
 In Person
32357
Closed
0
 
-
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
006 (SEM)
 In Person
24504
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0
 
 
43
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
Note: Psych 401-006 - The Science of Happiness: This class is NOT available to students who have previously taken Psych 314 or Psych 476 Positive Psychology.
007 (SEM)
 In Person
34544
Closed
0
 
3
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
011 (SEM)
 In Person
35267
Open
5
 
-
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
Note: Topic Title: Racism & Psychology (Winter 2023).
013 (SEM)
 In Person
31715
Open
4
 
-
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
014 (SEM)
 In Person
31716
Closed
0
 
20
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
Note: Topic Title: Psychological Perspectives on Casual Sex and Hooking Up (Winter 2023).
020 (LEC)
 In Person
36608
Closed
0
 
1
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
Note: PSYCH 401-020 meets in LEC RM 2 MLB (Winter 2023).
021 (DIS)
 In Person
36609
Closed
0
 
1
Tu 9:00AM - 10:00AM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
Note: PSYCH 401-021 meets in NQ1185 (Winter 2023).
022 (DIS)
 In Person
36610
Closed
0
 
-
Tu 10:00AM - 11:00AM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
Note: PSYCH 401-022 meets in NQ1245 (Winter 2023).
023 (DIS)
 In Person
36611
Closed
0
 
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Tu 12:00PM - 1:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
Note: PSYCH 401-023 meets in MLB2011 (Winter 2023).

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