Spring 2020 by Featured

Looking for courses to take in Spring 2020? Please see a few highlighted courses below. The list includes courses that are being offered for the first time at Mason Korea campus and courses that are simply great course options for students with interesting topics. Please click on the featured courses and learn more about them.  

This is not a full list of all the courses available. For the full list, please visit the Spring 2020 courses page.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes.

ACCT 203 - K01: Survey of Accounting (Spring 2020)

12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR

Mason Korea G106

Instructor: Anna Katsantonis

ANTH 399 - K01: K-Pop, Hallyu & Korean Culture (Spring 2020)

01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR

Mason Korea G206

Instructor: Gyu Tag Lee

This course provides an introduction to the contemporary culture of Korea, with an emphasis on the Hallyu (Korean Wave), K-Pop and Korean culture and media.

Major themes throughout the course will be: (1) Important aspects that have shaped today’s Korean society and media culture; (2) Korea in East Asia; (3) the development of Hallyu; (4) the history of K-Pop and its globalization and (5) the co-existence of local and global in Korea.

Although readings and assignments are set up on different forms of cultural products, the overall intent of the course is comprehensive understanding of the ambivalence of Korean popular culture – local and global at the same time.

Students are going to listen to many K-Pop songs, watch a couple of Korean films, excerpts from K-Drama, Korean documentaries, and more. It means that this course will be fun and even entertaining sometimes! However, it is REALLY important for students to actively participate into the class discussion when enjoying all those K-media products. Though it is a 300-level course, the Professor would like to lead the course to a quasi-graduate level course asking students to act autonomously. 

BUS 100 - K01: Business and Society (Spring 2020)

09:00 AM to 10:15 AM TR

Mason Korea G306

Instructor: Anne Lauer

DANC 119 - K01: Dance Pop Culture: K-Pop (Spring 2020)

07:00 PM to 09:15 PM MTWR

Instructor: Horizon Miguel

This course will introduce and explore dance and dance culture through the use of choreography in Korean Pop music. From the beginning of the Hallyu Wave to current dances made for Korean Pop acts today, students will be able to learn a variety of dance styles and K-Pop choreography that have become staples of K-Pop culture.

ECON 390 - K01: International Economics (Spring 2020)

09:00 AM to 10:15 AM MW

Mason Korea G207

Instructor: Hak Kil Pyo

FNAN 311 - K01: Principles of Investment (Spring 2020)

04:30 PM to 05:45 PM TR

Mason Korea G212

Instructor: Jongdoo Lee

This course provides the fundamental concepts and skills of portfolio management and asset valuation. The course examines the material as an individual investor's perspective as well as the institutional investors (financial service firms). We also take a look at the different structure/management of the various financial intermediaries. The course should be informative and relevant not only for the student who prepare for the career in any financial industries, but also the personal investment purpose. The class helps the student to understand strategies and risk management tools necessary for any fixed income assets and liability portfolios. The major topics are the concept/skill of asset allocation, risk and return trade-off, diversification, option pricing, portfolio performance evaluation, and the theory of market efficiency.

GAME 101 - K01: Introduction to Game Design (Spring 2020)

05:00 PM to 06:15 PM MW

Mason Korea G211

Instructor: Jared Bruhn

Make Games.

...And understand them in a whole new way.


In this course you will:

  • Learn the about the language and structure of the games you play, and the games that came before them.
  • Learn about the different development roles in a game development team. 
  • Play games and evaluate their value as systems and narratives
  • Design your own Digital Game Concept and document it
  • Design and create your own tabletop board game

GAME 140 - DL1: Applied Coding for Game Design (Spring 2020)


GLOA 450 - K01: Humor & Global Politics (Spring 2020)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R

Mason Korea G211

Instructor: Jennifer Ashley

This course explores the role of humor and satire in global political discourse. We begin the course with an examination of the work of Habermas, as well as those who have appropriated and/or critiqued his formulation of the public sphere. This discussion will be followed by a consideration of humor and satire as a form of political communication, drawing on Bakhtin’s discussion of the carnivalesque. In the second part of the course, we will consider how scholars have taken up these theoretical frameworks to analyze the use of entertainment television (such as The Daily Show in the US and Les Guignols de l'info in France) to promote public debate. Students will be asked to critically evaluate the concept of the public sphere as they consider whether, why, and how particular media forms allow for (or fail to allow for) critical engagement with issues of public concern. They will also be asked to consider the potential and limits of dissident laughter in effecting political change. Course readings and critical media viewing will allow us to consider how cultural, economic, and political context shapes what circulates where and why. Through an examination of these various topics, this course aims to consider what it might mean for media to be “democratic.”

KORE 311 - K01: Modern Korean Lit in Translation (Spring 2020)

06:00 PM to 08:40 PM T

Mason Korea G208

Instructor: Hyunyoung Cho

In this overview course of modern Korean literature, offered for the first time at Mason Korea, students will learn the Korean culture and modern Korean history by examining their literary and cinematic representations. Students will also participate in co-curricular activities, such as excursions to sites of cultural and historical significance, to enhance their appreciation of the literary texts as well as to deepen their understanding of Korean history and culture.

This course satisfies the Mason Core Literature requirement.  All the reading materials will be in English and no knowledge of the Korean language is expected.

MATH 108 - K01: Intro Calc:Business Applicatio (Spring 2020)

02:00 PM to 04:40 PM F

Mason Korea G301

Instructor: Chul Kim

Calculus was first developed more than three hundred years ago by Sir Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz to help them describe and understand the rules governing the motion of planets and moons. Since then, thousands of other men and women have refined the basic ideas of calculus, developed new techniques to make the calculations easier, and found ways to apply calculus to problems besides planetary motion. Perhaps most importantly, they have used calculus to help understand a wide variety of physical, biological, economic and social phenomena and to describe and solve problems in those areas.

Part of the beauty of calculus is that it is based on a few very simple ideas. Part of the power of calculus is that these simple ideas can help us understand, describe, and solve problems in a variety of fields.

This course provides an introduction to applied concepts in Calculus that are relevant to business sectors including managerial and marketing sciences. Students should have a firm grasp of the concept of functions to succeed in this course. Topics covered include derivatives of basic functions and how they can be used to optimize quantities such as surface area and volumes of a solid as well as integrals of basic functions and how they can be used to describe the total change in a quantity over time.

This course is delivered in three parts including a review of functions (excluding trigonometric functions) and the following topics:

Part 1: Review

A review of the basic methods of functions including transformations, and compositions

Part 2: The Derivative

2-1. Instantaneous rates of change

2-2. Limits and continuity

2-3. Applications of Rates

2-4. Formulas for differentiation

2-5. Second derivatives

2-6. Optimizations

2-7. Applied Optimization

2-8. Tangent line approximation, the elasticity of demand

2-9. Implicit differentiation, related rates

Part 3: The Integral

3-1. Definite integrals

3-2. The fundamental theorem of calculus

3-3. Formulas for integration

MATH 125 - K01: Discrete Mathematics I (Spring 2020)

10:30 AM to 11:45 AM WF

Mason Korea G205

Instructor: George Whelan

Meets the Mason core quantitative reasoning requirement.  This course introduces you to several core concepts in mathematics, the sciences, and information technology.  These concepts include Sets, Graph Theory, Trees, Relations, Recursion, and Enumeration (or counting).  You will also be introduced to higher mathematical reasoning, as you will learn basic proof techniques such as mathematical induction.  This material is fundamental for anyone who must understand and communicate scientific information.

PSYC 379 - K01: Applied Cross-Cultur Psy (Spring 2020)

02:00 PM to 04:40 PM W

Mason Korea G201

Instructor: Vias C Nicolaides

UNIV 100 - K01: Introduction to Mason (Spring 2020)

05:00 PM to 06:50 PM M

Instructor: Jason Kifer

  • How can YOU help yourself to achieve your goals as a university student?
  • How can GMUK help you to achieve your goals as a university student?

The UNIV 100 course aims to promote ‘Success at Mason Korea’. We do this by examining these two fundamental questions that are critical for student success at the university level.

With these questions in mind, the various lessons and activities that we do in this class focuses on helping us answer at least one of these questions. Look at the first question. As university students, one of the challenges is getting used to the idea that you - and you alone - are responsible for keeping your schedule and making sure that all of your assignments get finished.  The early part of the semester in UNIV 100 will focus on the skills that students need to be independent learners and successful university scholars. 

Now look at the second question. Students at GMUK may be independent learners, but that does not mean that they are alone in pursuit of their goals.  The university has many offices that provide a multitude of services to help students along the way. We’ll get to know some of the friendly, helpful faces around our campus - people who will be integral to your success.

You can view the syllabus for UNIV 100 by clicking here.