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Course Code: 
RTC 321
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Course Objectives: 
This course aims to evaluate, to recognize and to discuss the film as art, and features the critical analysis and appreciation of cinema through the study of films as art and as a cultural product of industry. It scrutinizes the debates about what constitutes the ‘essence’ of film, and how it functions within the globalized process of production, distribution and exhibition. Thus it provides a unique framework (Industrialization of Culture) to help students develop an analytical understanding of film art and industries. In the end of the semester this course constitutes the awareness of the invisible distinction in between and understanding of cinema as creative art and its engagement to the industry, thereby it serves to examine and analyze film both as work of art and industrial product.
Course Content: 

This course introduces the generic, thematic, and stylistic variety of cinematic art and the institutional recognition of art cinema in consideration with established films and directors. It establishes the theoretical approaches to auteur and art cinema, film genre and conventions, as well as reflexivity and self-consciousness in relation with historicity and film industry.

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Interactive Lecture, 9: Case Study, 15: Assignment
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Testing, B: Oral Exam/Presentation, C: Homework

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1) Defines and evaluates art cinema both as work of art and industrial product; associates the conditions of art and culture industries with the requirements of creative and artistic production 1, 5, 6, 7 1, 2, 3, 4 A, B, C
2) Acknowledges the institutional structures that define cinema as art, the historical development of film industries, and the emergence of film culture under these structures. 1, 4, 5, 6, 7 1, 2, 3, 4 A, B, C
3) Recognizes the determination of art cinema by the art world and industrial facts according to the conjuncture locally and globally, and identifies the same determinant issue in distribution and exhibition within the historical process. 1, 5, 6, 7, 8  

1, 2, 3, 4


A, B, C
4) Recognizes the film genres and their conventions formed within cultural and historical phenomena, with representative auteur cinema 1, 7, 8 1, 2, 3, 4 A, B, C
5) Develops the skills of analytical approach, critical point of view and the instruments of discourse to appreciate films that take part in film art, and to engage actively in discourses and discussions about films. 1, 3, 6, 7, 9 1, 2, 3, 4 A, B, C

Course Flow

Week Topics Study Materials
1 Introduction to the course, presenting the course content and its methods.  
2 The process and the art of production, distribution and exhibition  
3 Art and Culture Industry Schatz, (1981) "The Genius of the System," 3-13
4 Cinema as cultural production and as an art form. Geography and geopolitics Schatz, (1981) 14-22
5 Webs of film production, and distribution. Global and local/ national and international film industries Schatz, (1981) 23-43
6 Hollywood Film Industry versus Art Cinema Schatz, (1981) "Hollywood Filmmaking and American Mythmaking," 261-268
7 European Art cinema and Reception Stam, Robert (1992) 71-77
8 Midterm  
9 Allegories of Spectatorship Film and Dreams, Stam, Robert (1992) 28-39
10 Voyeurism and point of View, Rear Window Stam, Robert (1992) 39-53
11 Godard’s Voyeuristic Sabotage, Masculin Feminin Stam, Robert (1992) 55-62
12 The Genre of self-Consciousness, Hollywood Reflexivity Stam, Robert (1992) 71-85
13 “Genre of Nature” as art and industrial artefact Assignment Proposal
14 Film Noir, affects of the period on a genre Sobchack, Vivian (1998) “Lounge Time” 129-170
15 Discussions  
16 Final Exam  

Recommended Sources

Textbook * Schatz, Thomas (1981) Hollywood genres : formulas, filmmaking, and the studio system. New York & London: McGraw-Hill.

* Stam, Robert (1992) Reflexivity in Film and Literature: From Don Quixote to Jean-Luc Godard. NY: Columbia University Press.

* Karadoğan, Ali (2010) Sanat Sineması Üzerine. Ankara: DeKi.

* Sobchack, Vivian (1998) “Lounge Time” in Refiguring American Film Genres: theory and history.  (Ed.) Brown, Nick. LA: University of California P. 129-170

Additional Resources Film Excerpts from genre films
Films Ingmar Bergman / Jean-Luc Godard,/ Piere Paolo Passolini / Derviş Zaim / Ömer Kavur

Alfred Hitchcock / Federico Fellini

Material Sharing



Mid-terms 1 80
Oral Exam / Presentation 1 20
Total   100
Contribution of Final Examination to Overall Grade   40
Contribution of Final Assignment  to Overall Grade   20
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.          
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 1 14
Mid-terms 1 9 9
Assignments 1 8 8
Oral exam/Presentation 1 2 2
Final examination 1 10 10
Total Work Load     85
Total Work Load / 25 (h)     3,4
ECTS Credit of the Course     3