COURSE INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION INFORMATION


CLICK HERE FOR THE COURSE SYLLABUS

Course Name
Communication, Culture & Society I
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
MCS 111
Fall
3
2
4
6
Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Required
Course Level
-
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives The course aims to introduce students to main concepts, issues, models, theories, approaches, and developments related to the field of media and communication studies.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Upon completion of this course students will:
  • have fundamental knowledge of different communication forms and practices within their historical and social context
  • define major models, theories, and approaches of media and communication
  • apply diverse theoretical tools to the discussion of the interplay between media/communication, culture, and society
  • evaluate main research trends and perspectives in the analysis of media and communication issues
  • critically engage with media and communication processes
  • demonstrate ability to develop strong arguments and clear statements in a reasoned manner
Course Content The course defines communication; evaluates different forms of communication; draws on major developments in the field; discusses key models and theories of communication; reflects on traditional and contemporary approaches of issues related to media and communication field.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction. Defining communication
2 Forms of communication I (interpersonal, group, organizational) DeVito, J. (2011) Human Communication: The Basic Course (12th edition). Pearson – pp. 19-27 & 101-107
3 Forms of communication II (mass communication) Turow, J. (1999) Media Today: An Introduction to Mass Communication. Houghton Mifflin – pp. 3-25
4 Mass media in history Winston, B (1999) ‘How are Media Born?’, in Marris, P. and Thornham, S. (eds.) Media Studies: A Reader (2nd edition). Edinburgh Press – pp. 786-801
5 Students’ presentation
6 Models of communication Berger, A. (1995) Essentials of Mass Communication Theory. London: Sage – pp. 12-17
7 Early communication theories (Chicago School, Mass Communication Research, InformationTheory) Mattelart, A. & Mattelart, M. (1998) Theories of Communication: a Short Introduction. London: Sage, pp.19-23 & 25-30
8 Media effects McQuail, D. (2010) McQuail’s Mass Communication Theory, 6th edition. London: Sage – pp. 420-426 ; 519-520.
9 Medium theory (Toronto school) Durham, M.G. & Kellner, D.M. (2005), Media and cultural studies. Keyworks. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers – pp.107-116.
10 Miterm exam
11 Marxist media theory Berger, A. (1982) Media Analysis Techniques - chapter 2
12 Critical theory Strinati, D. (2004) An Introduction to theories of popular culture (2nd Edition) – pp. 54-58 &.67-73.
13 Structuralism Smith, P. & Riley, A. (2009) Cultural Theory. An introduction (2nd edition). Oxford: Blackwell Publishers – pp. 92-110.
14 Postmodern cultural theories Turner, J. H. (2003) The structure of sociological theory (7th edition). Thomson Wadsworth – pp. 227-248.
15 Network Society Castells, M. (2009) Communication Power. Oxford UnıversWiley-Blackwell – pp. 19-29 & 33-38.
16 Review
Course Textbooks - course handout- course reader - lectures’ presentations
References - additional readings suggested by lecturers ; print and open access journals in Media and Communication

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
1
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
5
10
Presentation / Jury
1
10
Project
2
30
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
2
40
Final / Oral Exam
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
6
100
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
5
80
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
16
1
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
5
15
Presentation / Jury
1
12
Project
2
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
2
20
Final / Oral Exam
    Total
223

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to critically discuss and interpret the theories, concepts and ideas that form the basis of media and communication discipline. X
2 To have the fundamental knowledge and ability to use the technical equipment and software programs required by the mediaproduction process.
3 To be able to use the acquired theoretical knowledge in practice.
4 To be able to critically interpret theoretical debates concerning the relations between the forms, agents, and factors that play a role in the field of media and communication. X
5 To be able to critically discuss and draw on theories, concepts and ideas that form the basis of other disciplines complementing the field of media and communication studies. X
6 To be informed about national, regional, and global issues and problems; to be able to generate problemsolving methods depending on the quality of evidence and research, and to acquire the ability to report those methods to the public. X
7 To be able to gather, scrutinize and use with scientific methods the necessary data to for the processes of production and distribution.
8 To be able to use and develop the acquired knowledge and skills in a lifelong process towards personal and social goals. X
9 To be able to follow developments in new technologies of media and communication, as well as new methods of production, new media industries, and new theories; and to be able to communicate with international colleagues in a foreign language. (“European Language Portfolio Global Scale,” Level B1) X
10 To be able to use a second foreign language at the intermediate level.
11 To be able to use computer software required by the discipline and to possess advancedlevel computing and IT skills. (“European Computer Driving Licence”, Advanced Level) X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest