ASDecal: Understanding Autism is an introductory class to the basics and complexities of living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This class will go over the psychobiological aspects of Autism, such as underlying neurobiological mechanisms and differences in cognitive processing, as well as the sociopolitical side of ASD, such as healthcare inequalities, workplace discrimination and how racial prejudice influences lived experiences.
The class format will be made up of both guest speakers and minilectures given by our facilitators, as well as student presentations that allow students to explore topics that are most interesting to them! Presentations can be done in groups or alone, and can alternatively be submitted as a paper for those who do not wish to present in front of the class.
The official assignments for this class are:
- Intersectionality presentation (middle of semester)
- Autism in the Media presentation (end of semester)
- Two short reflection posts that will prepare you for each presentation
Since this is a course built on class discussion, attendance and participation will be the majority of the grade. Hybrid zoom options will be available as requested and attendance make-up opportunities will be offered in the form of participation with our associated club; Spectrum: Autism at Cal.
Overall, this class looks at Autism through an intersectional lens and helps students to not only better understand the lived experiences of Autistic individuals, but also think critically about how we categorize, label, and interact with people on all parts of the Autism spectrum.
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