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Course Code: 
COMM 460
Course Type: 
Course Language: 
Course Objectives: 
The aim of the course is to teach the historical and sociological practices and memories
Course Content: 

In this course, topics conserning social memory, such as remembering social events and traumas, forgetting what is remembered and the ways to cope with these traumas, the variables of memory construction, construction of memory in different social structures, will be taken in hand. The media history and its role in the construction of memory, remembering and forgetting will be dicussed

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 Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
  1. She/He describes how social events are transferred from perspective of history, sociology and psychology
1,2,3 A,C
  1. She/He depicts how different social structures are remembered
1,2,3 A,C
  1. She/He describes the principles of journalism profession
1,2,3 A,C
  1. She/He interprets with applications and exemplifies discussions such as nature of the news, public benefits, the accuracy of the sources
1,2,3 A,C
  1. She/He describes the stakeholders in the sector of journalism
1,2,3 A,C



Course Flow

Week Topics Study Materials
1 What Is The Memory? What And How Does It Remember?  
2 Memory Policy  
3 Memory- Culture- Society  
4 History And Memory  
5 Oral History And Memory  
6 Autobiographical Memory: From Individual To Social Remembrance  
7 Space And Memory  
8 Midterm  
9 The Memory Of Loss: Remembrance And Mourning  
10 Heimat/ Motherland: To Define The Future Via Past  
11 Trauma: Confrontation With The Past And Showdown  
12 Digital Memory: Remembrance In The Digital Society  
13 Remembrance In Media: Popular Images  
14 Memory Of Media  
15 Nostalgia  



Recommended Sources

Textbook Kültürel Bellek- Jan Assmann

Bellek Metaforları- Douwe Draaisma

Neye Yarar Hatıralar?- Pınar Melis Y. Parmaksız

Toplumlar Nasıl anımsar?- Paul Commerton

Kimlik Mekanları- David Merley, KEvin Robins

Additional Resources Mithat Sancar, Geçmişle Hesaplaşma: Unutma Kültüründen Hatırlama Kültürüne, İletişim Yayınları,

Esra Özyürek, Türkiye’nin Toplumsal Hafızası

Susan Sontag, Başkalarının Acılarına Bakmak

Latife Tekin, Unutma Bahçesi

İstanbul Bir Masaldı- Mario Levi




Material Sharing





Mid-terms 1 70
Assignment 3 30
Total   100
Contrıbutıon Of Fınal Examınatıon To Overall Grade   40
Contrıbutıon Of In-Term Studıes 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 He/She defines role of the press in democracy. He/She comments on changing national and international agenda. He/She establishes the connection between media, society and power and states significance of the journalism in modern societies.     x      
2 He/She defines news of different types required by the profession of journalism. He/She edits these texts in printed and visual environments.            
3 He/She deals with researching methodology and data generation methods. He/She prepares scientific papers with his/her information on this discipline.            
4 He/She defines freedom of communication and expression of the media within principals of the communication ethics. He/She uses the news to be published in the media in accordance with these basics.     X      
5 He/She assesses ethical principles defined by national and international journalism organizations. He/She constructs the news in the media in the light of these principals.         X  
6 He/She discusses new concepts and approaches in the media. He/She interprets these concepts by linking with the profession of journalism at national and international dimensions.   X        
7 He/She associates new communication technologies in mass communication with journalism practice.            
8 He/She underlines transformation of the media industry and changing dynamics in globalization process.   X        
9 He/She comments on main management strategies in printed media, electronic journalism, radio, television and digital platforms.            
10 He/She uses the theoretical information he/she obtained in the disciplines of communication and social sciences for journalism practice.            
11 He/She comments on the images taking place in the media personally, technically, critically, ethically and culturally. In the light of this information, he/she selects the images to be used in the media by recognizing power of the image.            
12 He/She prepares the news by using technical and theoretical discipline he/she gained in the discipline of media. He/She arranges this news and conveys them to broadcasting.            
13 He/She prepares creative and genuine content and uses them in different channels.            
14 He/She defines mass communication theories. In the light of these theories, he/she comments on social effects and functions of the mass media.             
15 He/She comments on historical development process of the media.     X      
16 He/She establishes advanced written, verbal and visual communication and discusses by using English.     X      
17 He/She defines principal grammar rules of the Turkish Language and Literature. He/She arranges the news to be published in line with principal rules of Turkish.            
18 He/She defines principles and theories of Communication Science.            
19 He/She prepares content for digital environment by new communication devices.            
20 He/She defines the profession of journalism with its historical, legal, politic, cultural, sociologic and moral dimensions.         X  
21 He/She analyzes national and international papers in the discipline of journalism.         X  
22 He/She defines internal and external stakeholders in the media industries.          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) 10 6 60
Mid-terms 1 2 2
Ödev 3 10 30
Final examination 1 3 10
Total Work Load     150
Total Work Load / 25 (h)     6
ECTS Credit of the Course     5