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.

EDUC203 students in class

Inclusion Benefits All

In EDSE 203 students from a variety of majors and backgrounds learn about the history and inclusion of people with disabilities in the U.S. Working together, they learn ways to raise awareness about disability and promote inclusion throughout society. Students gain the skills and mindsets necessary to support diversity and accessibility in education, the community, and the workplace.