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Course Code: 
RTC 421
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Course Objectives: 
Students will have the opportunity to employ their theoretical and practical background in film aesthetics and apply it to contemporary approaches in cinema analytically. They will, in return, gain insights about interdisciplinary nature of cinema for further studies.
Course Content: 

As cinema inherits the power of creating the reality effect, it has been the area of different disciplines with its evident themes as well as its political stance with narrative strategies and the selection of contents. Therefore, cinema have attracted the politicians, activists, producers and film makers and theorists since its birth. Recent global economic and social transformations, emerging cultural concepts and focuses have forced this interaction to the distinctive level in film production, distribution and receptions in terms of themes and storytelling strategies.

From this perspective the course will cover various contemporary topics where films, directly or indirectly, intertwine with politics. Topics such as reflections of micro politics such as race, gender, sexuality beyond the national borders of cinema; globalization and the contents of transnational and migratory film making; class struggle; form of propaganda; stardom and political figures; representations of political history and political imaginary in global society will be embraced by the course.

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Interactive Lecture, 15: Assignment
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Exam, B: Oral Exam/Presentation, C: Assignment

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1) Interprets the role of cinema in relation to media and politics 1, 2, 3, 5 1, 2, 15 A, B, C
2) Establish the connections between the historical develeopments in cinema and social and cultural politics where they influence it. 1, 2, 3, 5 1, 2, 15 A, B, C
3) Improves interdisciplinary approaches, analytic  skills and methods. 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 1, 2, 15 A, B, C
4) Analyse the struggle between globalization and micro politics in the context of cinema 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 1, 2, 15 A, B, C
5) Compare and contrast  the knowledge gained troughout the course 6, 7 1, 2, 15 A, B, C


Course Flow

Week Topics Study Materials
1 Introduction  
2 Economic tendencies which determines the politics in the age of birth of Cinema  
3 History through the content of the films, and shifting representations  
4 2. World war, news reels and propaganda films, differences from the first World war.  
5 Representation of Democracy as a concept  
6 Changing Hollywood: From studios to “independence”  
7 The cinema of conflicts: Middle East and the visibility of diasporic identities in cinema   
8 Midterm Exam  
9 Women, gender, representation of sexuality and sexual politics in cinema  
10 From ethnic segregation, city and the politics of restructuring to cinema  
11 The cinema of conflicts: European Union,, Balkans and  and the course of “post- industrial” capitalism.  
12 Deterritolization, Europe, migrant policies and their reflections on cinema  
13 Globalization,  transformations in daily life and  lost identities  
14 Faces of Hollywood from stardom and acting to politic leadership  
15 Consequences: Whose gaze does a director  possess?  Directors, film art and politics of gaze…    
16 Final Exam  



Recommended Sources

Additional Resources “The Politics and Ideology of Contemporary Hollywood Film” Michael Ryan& Douglas Kellner, 1990, Indiana Uni. Press, “From Caligari to Hitler”, Siegfried Kracauer, “Filmlerle Sosyoloji”, Bülent Diken, Ayrıntı Yayınları “Seeing The Bigger Picture: American and International Politics in Film and Popular Culture (4th ed)”, “Chaire de Cinema, 1969-1972, “The politics of Representation, Harvard Uni. Press” 1989, “Studying Contemporary American Film” Thomas Ellsaesser, 1966 Princeton Uni, 2002, Oxford University Press, Intervals of Cinema, Jaques Ranciere, John Howe 2014,



Material Sharing

Documents www.coadsys.yeditepe.edu.tr
Assignments www.coadsys.yeditepe.edu.tr




Mid-term 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 To be able to define 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 To demonstrate the responsibilities, effective participation, coordination and planning skills essential for harmonious and efficient team work in the production process in the radio, television and cinema fields.         X
3 To be able to create media products in accordance with professional standards in various narrative forms and genres specific to the field by synthesizing current knowledge and skills for expertise acquired through applied and theoretical courses.       X  
4 Manifesting professional knowledge and skills in different fields of radio, television and cinema fields such as copywriting, image management, editing, sound design, producing and directing, media management locally and globally. X        
5 To develop an understanding of responsible broadcasting by integrating national and international rules of law that media professionals should pursue with professional ethical principles. X        
6 To be able to use 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 To evaluate radio, television and cinema fields in a wide range of cultural, economic and social relations from an institutional structuring to their products with an analytical and critical approach.   X      
8 To have 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 To be able to design original projects in radio, television and cinema by following new technologies, developments and ideas in the fields of art, culture and media at national and global levels.       X  




Activities Quantity Duration
Course Duration 14 3 42
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14 4 56
Mid-term 1 8 8
Final examination 1 10 10
Total Work Load     116
Total Work Load / 25 (h)     4,64
ECTS Credit of the Course     5