School of Education - George Mason University

The Mason Core is designed to complement work in a student’s chosen area of study. These classes serve as a means of discovery for students, providing a foundation for learning, connecting to potential new areas of interest and building tools for success in whatever field a student pursues.

Mason Core - Special Education Courses

EDSE 203: Disability in American Culture (Credit hours: 3)

Fulfills Mason Core requirement in Social and Behavioral Science.

Description: This course examines disability, past and present, in American culture through changes in historical, political, legal and societal responses to people with disabilities. Analyzes the disability experience through social and behavioral science perspectives, including diversity, bio-ethical and human rights conceptualizations/constructs of disability.

EDSE 204: Disability in a Global Society (3 credit hours)

Fulfills Mason Core requirement in Global Understanding.

Description: Examines disability in a global context, including how individuals, groups, institutions, and nations acknowledge and address disability in contemporary global societies. Assesses how the growing political, economic, and social gaps that exist between the Global North and South impact people with disabilities. Applies a disabilities empowerment framework as well as current findings from global human and economic indices to compare the current status of people with disabilities across contemporary global societies.

Katherine Quigley
Student Insights

Katherine Quigley, Student, BA Integrative Studies

"Taking EDSE 203 really sparked something in me. I never knew how passionate I was about the history and awareness of individuals with disabilities until I took this course. As a Sophomore it solidified why I want to be a Special Education major. This class is not just for future teachers, it's for everyone. You'll leave learning how to be an advocate for all different types of people."