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Course Code: 
COMM 222
Course Type: 
Course Language: 
Course Objectives: 
The course aims to make students gain a critical understanding of the major social, economic, cultural, and political developments that occurred across the world in the 20th century, and to render them able to comprehend the today’s world from a historical perspective
Course Content: 

This course surveys the major global political, social, economic and cultural developments from the 20th century. The topics covered include the legacy of the 19th century and of colonialism, the Russian Revolution of 1917, the First World War and the restructuring of the global political landscape, the economic and political crises of the 1920s and the 1930s in parallel to the rise of authoritarian regimes, the origins and results of the World War II, and the Cold War and its afterwards

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Question-Answer, 3: Discussion
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Testing, C: Homework

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1) Students can comprehend various social, economic, political, and cultural developments  from a historical perspective 1, 4, 10, 13 1, 2, 3 A, C
2) Students can critically analyze the relation between communication and politics at the international level 1, 4, 10, 13, 14 1, 2,3 A, C
3) Students can develop knowledge about the modern world history 4,13 1,2,3 A,C
4) Students can make predictions about future political, social, economic and cultural developments in the world 1, 4,10,13,14 1,2,3 A,C
5) Students can develop appropriate skills for researching the world history 1, 4,13 1,2,3 C



Course Flow

Week Topics Study Materials
1 Introduction  
2 The legacy of the 19th century  
3 The dawn of the 20th century (1900 – 1914)  
4 The causes and origins of WWI  
5 The results of WWI  
6 The Russian Revolution of 1917  
7 Midterm  
8 The socio-Economic and cultural conditions of the 1920s  
9 The Great Depression  
10 The rise of authoritarian regimes in the 1930s  
11 The phenomenon of fascism  
12 The causes and major developments of WWII  
13 The results of WWII  
14 The Cold War and its afterwards  
15 Overall review  
16 Final  



Recommended Sources

Textbook Hobsbawm, E. (1996). The Age of Extremes (1914 – 1991). London: Vintage
Additional Resources BBC Documentary Series of World History (6-8th episodes).



Material Sharing

Assignments Students are assigned to prepare an individual research report about an important social, cultural, political or economic development from the 20th century world history.
Exams Midterm and final




Midterm 1 30
Assignment 1 20
Attendance & Participation   10
Total   60
Contribution Of Final Examination To Overall Grade   40
Contribution Of In-Term Studies To Overall Grade   60
Total   100



COURSE CATEGORY Expertise/Field Courses



Course’s Contribution to Program

No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Students will be aware of research methods and techniques, and will develop scientific and analytical thinking skills necessary in the production of scientific knowledge.       x  
2 Students will gain the necessary outlook to understand and apply principles of communication and gain an advanced idea about communication theories and its general public discourse, group dynamics and elements of successful corporate communication.          
3 Students actively use their media literacy skills through news gathering processes.          
4 Student will gain necessary knowledge about the function and development of social organizations and institutions, such as family, religion, education, science and technology.         x
5 Students will be able to prepare and present topic appropriate texts, speeches, announcements and presentations in English using audio visual tools.          
6 Students will have the necessary skills necessary for the successful practice of public relations, such as researching, defining objectives, identifying target audiences and appropriate messages, as well as selecting the right communication channels and reviewing and evaluating research results.          
7 Students will be familiar and equipped with all elements of marketing communication; advertising, public relations, sales promotion, direct marketing and e-communication.          
8 Students will be able to evaluate brand management strategies both in Turkey and abroad, and will have gained the necessary knowledge for their application and will have the ability to analyze diverse campaigns.          
9 Students will be aware and conscious about ethical rules and standards in the practice of public relations and will engage in the practice of the profession by adopting the principle of institutional and professional loyalty as a personal responsibility norm.          
10 Students will be equipped to analyze political, economic and technological developments influential in the area of public relations and will be equipped to solve possible crises and create new strategies based on and parallel to new circumstances.     x    
11 Students will be able to  comprehend and discuss mass communication theories and their reflection as perceived within the activities of communication professionals          
12 Students will be able to effectively engage in media research, planning and purchase.          
13 Students will comprehend the theoretical and conceptual relations between public relations and politics and will be able to apply them on a case basis, and will gain the equipment about national and international political cultures.       x  
14 Students will comprehend the importance and be aware of minding the benefit of society as a whole as well as that of the corporation/institution while practicing public relations as a profession.       x  




Activities Quantity Duration
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 16 3 48
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 16 2 32
Mid-terms 1 10 10
Assignments 1 15 15
Final 1 10 10
Total Work Load     115
Total Work Load / 25 (h)     4.6
ECTS Credit of the Course     5