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COMM 122
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Course Objectives: 
The aim of this course is to acquire a general understanding of Ancient Greek Philosophy, to explore modern philosophy as well as contemporary thinkers through an analysis and interpretation of major philosophical texts from early modern times, enlightenment period, 19th and 20th centuries about theory of knowledge, political philosophy and aesthetics. This class is designed to introduce students to the historical development of philosophical thoughts and problems and to address the contentious points regarding the discussion of modernity and postmodernity in connection to the preceding texts.
Course Content: 

The content of the readings include several fields of philosophy such as ethics, aesthetics, politics and theory of knowledge.

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Interactive Lecture
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Exam

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1) Discuss philosophy in a thoughtful manner 1, 7, 8 1, 2 A
2) Examine some of the main problems of philosophy 1, 5, 6, 7, 8 1, 2 A
3) Explore the different areas of philosophy  1, 3, 5, 7, 9 1, 2 A
4) Acknowledges major philosophical concepts 1, 5, 7, 9 1, 2 A
5) Evaluate philosophical problems within a theoretical and practical framework. 1, 5, 7, 8, 9 1, 2 A

Course Flow

Week Topics Study Materials
1 Introduction to the course  
2 A survey of pre-socratic philosophy Jonathan Barnes, Early Greek Philosophy,  p.61-88 / p.100-142 / p.161-201 / p.226-239/ p.244-288
3 Main issues in Plato’s Republic


Plato, Republic, p.179-209/ p.294-321
4 A general view of Aristotle’s philosophy on ethics and aesthetics Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, p.1-35, p.79-101

Aristotle, Poetics p.19-68

5 A comparison between Descartes’s and Hume’s approaches to knowledge René Descartes, Discourse on method and the meditations, p.76-88 / p.123-129

David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, p.12-57

6 Rousseau: Inequality of mankind and  Social Contract theory Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the origin of inequality
7 Kant’s writings on ‘What is Enlightenment?’ and ‘Perpetual Peace’ Immanuel Kant, Kant: Political Writings
9 The foundations of Hegel’s Aesthetics G.W. F. Hegel, Aesthetics, p.69-90 / p.280-298
10 The political philosophy of Marx Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto
11 Nietzsche’s view of art Friedrich Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy and Other Writings
12 Adorno and Horkheimer’s critical evaluation of Enlightenment and cultural industry Theodor W. Adorno – Max Horkheimer, The Dialectic of Enlightenment, p.1-35 / p. 94-137
13 Habermas’s ideas on the project of modernity Jürgen Habermas, Habermas and Unfinished Project of Modernity, p.38-55

Jürgen Habermas, Postmetaphysical Thinking, p.3-9

14 Foucault’s critical theory of knowledge and power Foucault, The Order of Things, p. 3-19, p.235-271
15 Lyotard’s postmodern condition Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition, p. XXIII-XXV, p. 18-31

Recommended Sources

Textbook *Jonathan Barnes, Early Greek Philosophy, Penguin Books, 1987

Plato, Republic, Focus Philosophical Library, 2007, trans: Joe Sachs

*Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Focus Publishing, 2002

*Aristotle, Poetics, Focus Publishing, 2006

*René Descartes, Discourse on method and the meditations ; trans. byF.E.Sutcliffe,

*David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, , Oxford Press,

*Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the origin of inequality, trans. by Franklin Philip, Oxford Press, 1994

*Immanuel Kant, Kant: Political Writings, trans. By H.B. Nisbet, 1991

*G.W. F. Hegel, Aesthetics, trans. By T.M. Knox, Vol.I, Cambridge UniversityPress,

*Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto, trans. by Terrell Carver, Cambridge University Press

*Friedrich Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy and Other Writings, Cambridge University Press

*Theodor W. Adorno – Max Horkheimer, The Dialectic of Enlightenment, trans. by Edmond Jephcott, Stanford University Press, 2007

*Jürgen Habermas, Habermas and Unfinished Project of Modernity, ed. by *Maurizio Passerin d’Entréves and Seyla Benhabib, M.I.T. Press, 1997

*Jürgen Habermas, Postmetaphysical Thinking, trans. by William Mark Hohengarten, M.I.T. Press, 1992

*Foucault, The Order of Things, Routledge, 2002

*Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition, trans. by Régis Durand, The Minnesota University Press, 1984

Additional Resources *Diogenes Laertios, The Lives of Eminent Philosophers, trans. by Pamela Mensh, Oxford University Press, 2018

*Marshall Berman, All That is Solid Melts into Air, The Experience of Modernity, Verso, 1982

Material Sharing

Documents Yeditepe University Knowledge Center


Mid-terms 1 100
Total   100
Contribution of Final Examination to Overall Grade   60
Contribution of In-Term Studies to Overall Grade   40
Total   100

Course’s Contribution to Program

No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Defines basic concepts, theories, methods, and domains of study specific to radio, television and cinema by associating them with the findings and theories of humanities and social sciences.       X  
2 Demonstrates the responsibilities, effective participation, coordination, and planning skills essential for harmonious and efficient teamwork in the production processes relative to the radio, television and cinema fields. X        
3 Generates media products in accordance with professional standards in various narrative forms and genres specific to the field by synthesizing up-to-date knowledge and skills for expertise acquired through applied and theoretical courses.   X      
4 Manifests professional knowledge and such skills as copywriting, image management, editing, sound design, producing and directing, media management in different fields of radio, television and cinema locally and globally. X        
5 Holds responsibility in broadcasting by integrating national and international rules of law that media professionals should pursue with professional ethical principles.     X    
6 Comprehends the knowledge and skills related to institutional operation and management in the production and broadcasting processes of radio, television and cinema for the common interest. X        
7 Evaluates radio, television and cinema fields analytically and critically from their institutional structuring to products regarding a wide range of cultural, artistic, economic, and social relations.       X  
8 Has the ability to collect visual, audio and written data, conduct research, evaluate, report and offer creative solutions in the fields of radio, television and cinema.     X    
9 Develops original projects for radio, television and cinema by following new technologies, developments, and ideas in the fields of art, culture, and media at the national and global planes.     X    


Activities Quantity Duration
Course Duration 14 3 42
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14 4 56
Student Reading 13 2 26
Mid-terms 1 2 2
Final examination 1 2 2
Total Work Load     128
Total Work Load / 25 (h)     5,12
ECTS Credit of the Course     5