COURSE INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION INFORMATION


Course Name
Introduction to Communication Studies
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
MMC 101
Fall
3
0
3
6
Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Required
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s) -
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives To introduce the students to the issues, approaches, methods, concepts of Communication and Media Studies and prepare them related advanced theory courses.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • The student will Identify the essentiality of communication that make us “human” and different than other species.
  • Develop an intellectual and academic frame to discuss the problems of racism, hate speech and crime, ethnocentrism, orientalism, sexism etc. that is reconstructed in different communication media.
  • Discuss the meanings of communicated messages in their wider social, political and historical contexts.
  • Develop skills for effective communications and an ethical sense of responsibility concerning their communicative actions as individuals and prospective communication professionals.
  • Discuss and argue about the main features and structure of different communication media.
  • Differentiate the main academic and problematic issues of Communication Studies and its transdisiplinary feature. Implement the relevant terminology of the field of Communication Studies when analyzing their daily communicative actions and media texts.Be prepared for advanced communication theory courses.
Course Content This course provides students with the necessary theoretical and methodological knowledge to understand and analyze the centrality of communication and different forms and means of communication, hegemonic structuration of language and discourse in different forms of communication besides framing the main issues and porous borders of the Communication Studies as a transdisiplinary field. It equips students with analytical skills in criticizing of media texts, and a needed critical scrutiny to use their communicative skills with an ethical responsibility.





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
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 to the course. An overview of the topics and themes Beck, Bennett and Wall, Part 1
2 Definitions and Models Dimbleby and Burton pp. 7/32.
3 Verbal and Nonverbal Communication, Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Communication Beck, Bennett and Wall, pp. 139/164 and 165/196
4 Religious Holiday
5 Group Communication and Organizational Communication Barker and Gaut, Ch. 6&7.
6 Mass Communication 1: The Structure of the Mass Media David Croteau and William Hoynes, "Media, Markets and the Public Sphere" in the Business of Media: Corporate Media and the Public Interest, pp.13/38.
7 Mass Communication 2: Functions and Effects of Mass Media Trenholm, ch.11 & Hall, Encoding Decoding
8 Media, Medium, Society Baran, ch.13 & McLuhan, Medium is the Message
9 Mid Term I
10 Reality, Language and Representation Hall, Representation, pp.15/30
11 The Structure of Linguistic Representation: Semiotics and Rhetoric O’Shaughnessy, pp. 31/40.
12 Language and Social Context: Myth, Ideology, Discourse O'Shaughnessy, pp.155/90 and Hall, pp.36/63.
13 Communication,Social Identities and the “Other” 1 Hall, The Spectacle of the Other
14 Communication, Social Identities and the "Other" 2: Gender, Ethnic and Cultural Identities O'Shaughnessy, ch.16/17 and 18/19
15 Revision of the Semester
16 Review of the Semester  
Course Textbooks The suggested readings mentioned in this information sheet, plus the power point presentations of lectures. Baran Introduction to Mass Communication Barker and Gaut, Communication Beck, Bennett and Wall, Communication Studies: The Essential Introduction Berger, Media and Communication Research Methods Dimbleby and Burton, More than Words: An Introduction to Communication Downes and Miller, Media Studies S. Hall, Representation O’Shaughnessy, Media and Society: An Introduction Trenholm, Thinking Through Communication
References

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
1
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
1
20
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
30
Final / Oral Exam
1
40
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
3
60
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
1
40
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
15
3
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
1
20
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
15
Final / Oral Exam
1
40
    Total
168

 

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. 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)

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

 

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