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Course Code: 
RTC 222
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Course Objectives: 
This course constructs the understanding of the cinema as a tool, which creates meaning through narrative and narration. It aims to develop the capability of analysis with social and cultural contexts, and founds the sense of production design. At the end of the term students will be expected to analyze a film as an aesthetic and cultural form in relation to its mode of production.
Course Content: 

This will be an introduction to basic comprehension and the reading of film for further studies in film and cinema. Narrational techniques with formal expectations and functions of the narrative, which sustains the content, will be illustrated through excerpts of films. Thus, it will cover every aspect of film style and narrative construction, which serve to create, and analyze meaning.

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Interactive Lecture, 6: Case Study, 15: Assignment
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Exam, C: Assignment

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1) Recognize a film as a textual construction and define it in the context of neo formalism, focus on the dimension of the filmic narration regarding the differences from other mass media 1, 3, 7, 8, 9 1, 2, 6, 15 A, C
2) Evaluate the significance of technique and aesthetics in creating meaning from a historical perspective. 1, 3, 7, 9 1, 2, 6, 15  

A, C

3) Analyze the dominant film narration and compare the international and national differences and similarities in film narrative 1, 5, 6, 7, 8 1, 2, 6, 15  

A, C

4- Investigate the phases of film production and its component such as narrative, cinematography, mise-en-scene, editing, sound and apply them to the examples. 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 1, 2, 6, 15  

A, C

5) Gain a critical perspective to film analysis employing cultural, generic, historical, social significances of a film in a film art in general 1, 7, 8, 9 1, 2, 6, 15 A, C

Course Flow

Week Topics Study Materials
1 Introduction to the course, presenting the course content and its methods. Film: Wizard of Oz
2 The process of production, distribution and exhibition Text Book: Ch. 1, pp. 2-37


3 Film Form and its significans Text Book: Ch. 2  pp. 39-58

Analyzing film form of Wizard of Oz

4 Narrative form as a system Text Book: Ch.3 pp. 59-75

Film: North by Northwest


5 Narration in fiction film and excerpts Text Book: Ch.3 pp.76-90

Film: Citizen Kane

6 What is genre, how do you define a genre Text book: Ch.4 pp.94-109

Film: Double Indemnity

7 Midterm  
8 Intorduction to Mise-en-scene Text Book: Ch. 6, pp.156-192
9 Mise-Scene in details and with excerpts Film: Small Time Crooks
10 Cinematography and its founding aspects Text Book:Ch.7 pp.193-248
11 Cinematographic use of camera and visual analysis with excerpts Film: Le Grand Illusion
12 Editing Techniques, ways of connecting the shots Text Book:Ch.8 pp.249-262  Film: Seven Samurai / The Birds
13 Spatio-termporal continuity in cinema Text Book:Ch.8 pp.263-291

Film: Maltese Falcon / Rear Window/ Breathless

14 Sound in the cinema and creating space Text Book:Ch.9 pp.291-326

Film: Apocalypse Now / Conversation

15 Style and criticism in fiction film Text Book:Ch.10 pp.327-52
16 Final  

Recommended Sources

Textbook Bordwell David, Thompson Christin, (10th  ed.), Film Art: An Introduction, Mc Graw Hill, International.
Additional Resources Films, and excerpts from many different films related with the topics
Films Wizard of Oz / Swimming with Sharks / Citizen Kane / Small Time Crooks/ North By Nothwest /Piano

Material Sharing

Documents https://classroom.google.com
Assignments yulearn.yeditepe.edu.tr
Exams https://classroom.google.com



Mid-term 1 60
Assignments 3 30
Performance 1 10
Total   100
Contribution of Final Examination to Overall Grade   50
Contribution of In-Term Studies to Overall Grade   50
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.          
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 3 42
Mid-term 1 3 3
Assignments 3 3 9
Final examination 1 3 3
Total Work Load     99
Total Work Load / 25 (h)     3,9
ECTS Credit of the Course     4