Understanding Autism ADED12043E

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 5
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course explores how autism effects the cognitive, behavioural and social development of individuals, from infancy to old age, from a psychological perspective. Barriers to autistic people will be investigated, including those that have been imposed on them through historical theories that have tried to account for all 'autistic behaviours'.  The strengths of autistic people will also be covered through theories that are supported by the autistic community. Different presentations will be studied including gender differences and those with and without associated intellectual disabilities.


2 hours per week for 5 weeks

For timetable details, please visit our webpages at www.gla.ac.uk/study/short/

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses

There are no excluded courses.




1 page/500-word scientific or public-information poster (100%)

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ Increase awareness and understanding of Autism by sharing how research and community involvement have informed our perspective on autism as well as influencing educational practice and interventions

■ Explore variations within the autistic spectrum including gender differences and associated intellectual disabilities.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Compare key historical and current theories of autism with reference to the importance of the autistic community in research

■ Describe variations within autism with relation to gender differences, associated intellectual disabilities or other differences.  

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.