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Course Code: 
RTC 301
Course Period: 
Autumn
Course Type: 
Core
P: 
3
Lab: 
0
Credits: 
3
ECTS: 
4
Course Language: 
English
Course Objectives: 
Television studies is a relatively recent field emerged as a result of studying culture, media and society. This course is designed to gain a critical view on the relationship between television and its audience that is both upon the individual and in the wider social context. With television in our homes and also externally, it is essential, in this visual age, to take a step further by looking at what television actually transmits. Our everyday cultural habitat, and how our thoughts form and are shaped by culture, and cultural products, are the crucial points in this course.
Course Content: 

This course will offer the ways of critical view at television and its audience in the level of both individual and social . It will cover ourselves, our vision and our way of life through a medium which plays a central role in cultural life. You will be expected to interpret  and analyse the role television plays as a cultural, economic, political  force in society, to be a critical viewer of television texts and to read and comprehend  some major approaches to television criticism.

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Question-Answer, 3: Discussion, 4: Case Study
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Testing, B: Homework C: Presentation

Vertical Tabs

Course Flow

Week Topics Study Materials
1 Introduction: Television and Cultural Studies Charlotte Brunsdon, What is the television of television studies, in TCV, pp. 609-627
2 What does the place of television as a technology in communication Raymond, Williams, “Technology and society”, in TTCF, pp. 9-31

Raymond, Williams, “Effects of the technology and its uses” in TTCF, pp.119

3 TV in Theories of Culture  and representation Hall, Stuart (ed), Ch.1, The Work of Representation, in CRSP, pp.13-75

Barker, Chris, Ch. 1 Disturbing Cultural Identities… In TGC, pp.8-32

Barthes, Roland, “Rhetoric of Image” in MQReader of MC, pp. 290-297

4 TV in Theories of Culture  and representation (cont) Hall, Stuart (ed), Ch.1, The Work of Representation, in CRSP, pp.13-75

Barker, Chris, Ch. 1 Disturbing Cultural Identities… In TGC, pp.8-32

Barthes, Roland, “Rhetoric of Image” in MQReader of MC, pp. 290-297

5 Television as textual structure Fiske, John, “Some television, some topics and some terminology”, in TC, pp. 1-20
6 Televizyonun üretimi biçimi, metinselliğini ve politik ilişkilerini anlamak. Televizyon metni ne demektir, hangi araçlarla üretir. Fiske, John ch. 6, Activated texts, in TC, Ch. 6 pp.84-107,

Fiske, John ch. 7, Intertextuality: in TC, pp. 109-148

7 Television as a narration John Ellis, Broadcast TV narration, in VF, pp.145-159

John Fiske,  Narrative: Realism revisited. Stucturalist approaches to narrative. Mythic narrative. Narrative structures....  in TC,

8 Television, television news and its structure... Political discourses of news John Fiske, News readings, news reader: news narrative, news analysis, the forces of disruption, in TC

Raymond Williams, Programming, distribution and flow, in TTCF

9 Mid-term  
10 Mediations between audience and television texts... Viewer spectator or reader Fiske, John ch. 6, Activated texts, in TC, Ch. 6 pp.84-107,

Fiske, John ch. 7, Intertextuality: in TC, pp. 109-148

11 Mode of television production, genres of television programmmes and flow and proffesionals John Ellis, Ch. 14 The organisation of broadcast TV production in VF, pp. 211-223

Chris Barker, Television and cultural politics in TGC Ch. 6, pp.158-167

12 Television and its role in public and private sphere John Ellis,  Ch. 7, Broadcast TV as cultural form in VF  pp. 111-126   

John Ellis, Ch.10-Broadcast TV viewer in VF, pp.160-171

13 Television as  a cultural form in public and private (cont) Horace Newcomb, Paul M. Hirsch, “Television as cultural forum” in TCV, pp. 561-573 
14 Audience measurements and identities of audience Ien Ang, Streamlining television audience, in MRMC, pp.335-341
15 In between postmodernism and postmodernist debates on television, the connection of international cultural dominancy and economy of local channels Chris Barker,  Global Television and Global culture, in TGC pp. 33-59

John Tomlinson, The Discourse of cultural imperialism, in MRMC pp.223-230

 

 

 

Recommended Sources

Textbook  
Additional Resources * Barker, Chris, 1999, Television, Globalisation and Cultural Identities, Open University Press (TGC)

Barthes, Roland, 1977, Image, Music, Text, Fontana Press (IMT)

Ellis, John, 1997 6th ed. , Visible Fictions, Routledge, London, (VF)

Fiske, John, 1997, Television Culture, Routledge, London-New York (TC)

Gigi Durham, Meenakshi & Kellner, Douglas, 2002, Media And Cultural Studies Keyworks, Blackwell Publisher(MCSK)

Hall, Stuart (ed), 1997, Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices, Open University Press.(CRSP)

Kellner, Douglas,1998, Media Culture, Routledge, London, New York  (MC)

McQuail, Denis (ed), 2002, McQuail’s Reader in Mass Communication, Sage(MRMC)

Newcomb, Horace, (ed) 2000, Television: The Critical View, Blackwell Publisher (TCV)

Silverstone, Roger, 1999, Television and Everyday Life, Routledge, London-New , Routledge, London-New York (TEL)

Stam, Robert- Miller, Toby (eds), 2000, Film and Theory, Blackwell publisher (FT)

Williams, Raymond, 1977, Television: Technology and Cultural Form, Ederyn Williams (ed.), Routledge London (TTCF)

 

 

Material Sharing

Documents Students are responsible for the course material, additional notes. And television programmes, journal  and internet coverages, discussions, sources, views, news about the programmes during the term.
Assignments * In order to broaden the knowledge of concepts and subject of the course short assignments

* Reading the course materials before the class and active participation during the lectures

* Flow assignment: Ethic, aesthetic, textual and discursive analysis of 10 min. TV news in the context of current politic, economic relations.

Exams Mid-term and final will be in the way of usual exam style