COURSE INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION INFORMATION


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Course Name
Cultural Studies
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
MCS 302
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
5
Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s) -
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives To develop students’ knowledge of key areas of research and scholarly activity in media and cultural studies.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Define the key areas of research in cultural studies.
  • Explain the trajectory of methodological development in the academic field of cultural studies.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of particular research methods in cultural studies.
  • Evaluate the historical and contemporary relevance of various academic disciplines, such as linguistics/semiology, philosophy, sociology, political science and psychoanalysis, for the research in cultural studies.
  • Develop a comparative insight into the theoretical notions of author, subject, message and communicative action.
  • Compare the historical and contemporary relevance of different theoretical stances in generating answers to the major questions that arise during the analysis of cultural products.
Course Content This unit will provide the students with an introduction to the major theoretical issues in the field of cultural studies.




ACADEMIC CAUTION

Academic honesty: Plagiarism, copying, cheating, purchasing essays/projects, presenting some one else’s work as your own and all sorts of literary theft is considered academic dishonesty. Under the rubric of İzmir University of Economics Faculty of Communication, all forms of academic dishonesty are considered as crime and end in disciplinary interrogation. According to YÖK’s Student Discipline Regulation, the consequence of cheating or attempting to cheat is 6 to 12 months expulsion. Having been done intentionally or accidentally does not change the punitive consequences of academic dishonesty. Academic honesty is each student’s own responsibility.

Plagiarism is the most common form of academic dishonesty. According to the MerriamWebster Online Dictionary, to plagiarize means to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own. The easiest and most effective way to prevent plagiarism is to give reference when using someone else’s ideas, and to use quotation marks when using someone else’s exact words.

A detailed informative guideline regarding plagiarism can be found here.

 



Course Category

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

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Presentation and an overview of the course, course organization, requirements and methods of evaluation Video: John Berger, Ways of Seeing
2 Introduction: An overview of the Discipline of Cultural Studies Stuart Hall, Representation, Meaning and Language (pp. 1530)Video: Stuart Hall’s Cultural Studies
3 Structural Linguistics: Language, Sign and Representation Burgoyne, FlittermanLewis & Stam, The Origins of SemioticsAsaBerger, Semiotic Analysis
4 Semiology: Codes, Denotation, Connotation and Myth Stuart Hall, From Language to Culture: Linguistics to Semiotics (pp. 3641)Roland Barthes, Myth Today
5 Myth and the Theory of Ideology Terry Eagleton, ‘Discourse and Ideology’ (from Ideology)Marx & Engels, The Ruling Class and the Ruling IdeasAntonio Gramsci, History of the Subaltern Classes; The Concept of Ideology; Cultural Themes: Ideological MaterialLouis Althusser, Ideology and Ideological State ApparatusesSchirato & Yell, ‘Ideology’, from Communication and Culture
6 The Critique of Realism: From Structuralism to Post Structuralism Terry Eagleton, PoststructuralismChandler, IntertextualitySelected passages from: Roland Barthes, S/Z
7 Poststructuralism and Deconstruction Stuart Hall, The Spectacle of the OtherSelected Passages from:J. Derrida, Writing and Difference Movie: Fight Club
8 From Language to Discourse: Truth, Power and Knowledge Stuart Hall, Discourse, Power and the SubjectS. Best & D. Kellner, Foucault and the Critique of Modernity
9 The Postmodern Condition and Cultural Studies Postmodernism For Beginners by Jim Powell and Joe LeeS. Best & D. Kellner, Baudrillard Movie (screening and analysis): Natural Born Killers
10 Psychoanalysis and Cultural Studies I: Freud Eagleton, PsychoanalysisModules on Freud
11 Psychoanalysis and Cultural Studies II: Lacan and Kristeva Burgoyne, FlittermanLewis & Stam, PsychoanalysisBerger, Psychoanalytic CriticismModules on LacanModules on Kristeva
12 Sex, Gender and Culture Stam, et. al., New Vocabularies in Film Semiotics, Ch.4 pp. 174183Screening: Trailers and selected scenes from American Gigolo and Silence of the Lambs.)
13 Race and Culture Stuart Hall, The Spectacle of the Other (pp. 3641)Screening: Trailers and selected scenes from The Birth of a Nation, Mississipi Burning and Malcolm X
14 Orientalism and postColonial Critique Stuart Hall, The West and the Rest: Discourse and PowerMovie (screening and analysis): The Mission
15 Revision
16 Review of the Semester  
Course Textbooks

See below.

References

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
5
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
30
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
35
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
30
Final / Oral Exam
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
65
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
35
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
16
3
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
16
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
18
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
10
Final / Oral Exam
    Total
140

 

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. X
3 To be able to use the acquired theoretical knowledge in practice. X
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. X
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)
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