Edge Hill University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Social Sciences (Critical Autism Studies) (Taught)

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Course summary

How do modern attitudes and interventions in autism affect autistic people? And what do autistic people and the autistic community think of these? Studying with us, you’ll develop a grounding in autism and be encouraged to view autism as a form of cognitive diversity that occurs naturally. From early approaches to contemporary models of best practice, we’ll encourage you to explore current discussions and controversies. Not only will you benefit from specialist training, you’ll also learn from autistic people who work alongside our interdisciplinary department. Hear about their experiences and learn to appreciate autism as a unique way of being. Want to take your learning to the next level? You’ll have the chance to go on a field trip to explore international perspectives of autism. And there is an opportunity to apply your knowledge in a work setting. We’ve designed this degree for anyone who works or communicates regularly with autistic people. The course offers an opportunity to take on continuing professional development (CPD) and boost your career prospects. We particularly welcome applications from autistic people, their families and carers. What you'll study In semester one, you’ll critically examine current models of autism that view it as a form of disorder or deficit, instead of a type of cognitive diversity. You’ll engage with current discussions and controversies. We’ll also encourage you to consider the skills and values required for working with and supporting autistic people. To prepare for your dissertation, you’ll develop a detailed understanding of the foundations of social research and the range of different approaches to undertaking research. During your second semester, you’ll have the opportunity to do a range of optional modules, including work-based learning or an international field trip. And there are opportunities to specialise in children’s mental health or social relations through self-directed learning. You’ll finish the course with a dissertation. For this, you’ll complete supervised independent social research on a topic of your choice.


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Assessment method

You will be assessed through a combination of workbooks, essays, reflective journals, independent projects and a dissertation. There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

How to apply

International applicants

Please visit edgehill.ac.uk/international

Entry requirements

You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject such as social sciences or other human sciences. It may be possible to join the programme without a degree if you are in full-time employment, have a minimum of five years’ work experience, and can demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development through a portfolio and written statement. Applications are particularly welcomed from ‘experts by experience’, including autistic people, as well as their family members or carers. An interview will form part of the selection process if you do not meet the degree requirements outlined above.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

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Social Sciences (Critical Autism Studies) at Edge Hill University - UCAS