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Module description

Neurodiversity is a topical concept which requires critical and thoughtful engagement. Drawing on Singer’s seminal work which framed neurodiversity as breadth of human functioning, you will learn about how the concept is defined in theory, research and practice including widespread advocacy movements. The module will take a reflected and respectful perspective to problematise widely used language and terminology by comparing and contrasting different models of disability and highlight an intersectional perspective. You will learn how our understanding of neuro-normativity is shaped by context including work and education. Through critical readings and discussion you will develop a nuanced understanding by engaging with research across disciplines and paradigms. Learning will take place in lectures, independent and, as appropriate, independent small group activities and consolidated through a reflective learning log.

Indicative module syllabus

  • Neurodiversity concepts, terminology and language
  • Disability and design
  • Conditions, challenges and strengths
  • Neurodiversity in context
  • How to support neurodiversity

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • define and describe neurodiversity and cognate terms such as neurodivergent, neurotypical, neuroinclusion or neurotype from a critical perspective
  • explain how the concept of neurodiversity has developed over time and is shaped by context
  • compare and contrast different models of disability
  • critique complex psychological and sociological constructs relevant to neurodiversity through an intersectional lens
  • identify common neurodivergent strengths and challenges across conditions, and take a critical perspective on diagnostic labels
  • evaluate relevant evidence for supporting neurodiversity for example in education and at work
  • appreciate ethical issues for research and work in the neurodiversity field
  • outline how neurodiversity can be supported in practice.