The Social Context of the Autistic Spectrum
FYS 020, CRN 6507
MW 12:30-1:45pm (CRN 6507)
In the United States, approximately 1 of 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder. Autism has become a highly contentious issue. We have seen debates about the causes of autism, the possibility for cures and the position of people with autism in our society. This course will use the autistic spectrum to investigate a number of issues including: identity; the social construction of illness; the sociology of knowledge, science and expertise; access to education; and representations of autism in popular culture. The course will make use of the writings of autism self-advocates and academic authors, as well as feature and documentary films.