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Course Code: 
RTC 300
Course Type: 
Course Language: 
Course Objectives: 
This course aims to evaluate, to recognize and to discuss the film culture, styles and themes of acknowledged films and established directors of contemporary world cinema in the international arena; the requirements of international success of national cinemas as cultural products; the effect of these requirements on film culture; and the themes and styles of films from a cultural, historical and aesthetical point of view. The objective of this course is to give rise to thought and bring into discussion the basic issues of national and international cinemas with various layers, the parallelism of diverse cultures in a global world, their interaction and the conflicts with each other.
Course Content: 

This course will include conceptual, theoretical and analytic approaches and discussions of world cinema which also consider the cultural production requirements; the examples of contemporary world cinema will be on focus within a wide perspective of cultural historical and social grounds

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Question-Answer, 3: Discussion, 9: Assignment, 12 (4): Case Study (screening)
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Testing, B: Homework, C: Presentation

Vertical Tabs

Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1-Defines and evaluates the world cinema from artistic, cultural, historical and social perspectives 1, 2, 3, 10 1, 3, 12(4) A, B, C
2-Associates the process of cultural production and influence of  economic, politic and social dynamics 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 1, 3, 12(4) A, B, C
3-Acknowledges the institutions such as international film festivals, which define cinema as art, select, exhibit and historicize the films 3,4,5,10 1, 3, 12(4) A, B, C
4-Recognizes new and recent influential national cinemas and prominent directors who and which are written to the history of cinema 7, 8, 9, 11 1, 3, 12(4) A, B, C
5-Analyzes the unity of theme, content and form of a film as a creative text, in cultural, esthetical, ideological, socioeconomic, sociopolitical, historical and intellectual contexts 5,6,10,11,12,13 1, 3, 12(4) A, B, C
6- Analyzes contemporary world cinema with all components of cultural production dynamics, exhibition and distribution, so that gets acquainted with and defines cultures and communities of the world within the world system 2, 5, 6, 12, 13 1, 3, 12(4) A, B, C



Course Flow

Week Topics Study Materials
1 Introduction to the course, presenting the course content and its methods.  
2 Reading a film from different perspectives. Film, theory, method, analysis Reading & Film
3 Concepts and definition of World Cinema. Reading & Film
4 Determinants of world cinema. Global, local & center and periphery. The rise of world cinema in international arena Reading & Film
5 Cinema as cultural production and as an art form. Geography and geopolitics Reading & Film
6 Webs of film production, and distribution. National film industries Reading & Film
7 Alternative World Cinema Market, Film festivals exhibition,production and distribution system Assignment
8 Midterm Reading & Film
9 Hollywood Film Industry versus Art and the World Reading & Film
10 European Art cinema Assignment, Reading & Film
11 From art cinema to world cinema European cinema Reading & Film
12 Issues in World Cinema Reading & Film
13 Transnational film funds, aesthetic and thematic tendencies Reading & Film
14 Discussions and presentations. Manifestations of films and the world Assignment



Recommended Sources

  • Armes, Roy (2011) Üçüncü Dünya Sineması ve Batı. Zahit Atam (çev.) İstanbul: Doruk Yayımcılık.
  • Betz, Mark (2010) “Beyond Europe: On Parametric Transcendence” Global Art Cinema: New Theories and Histories. Rosalind Galt & Karl Shoonover  (der.), NY: Oxford University Press. ss. 31-47.
  • Chaudhuri, Shohini (2005) Contemporary World Cinema: Europe, Middle East, East Asia, South Asia. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. ss. 1-13
  • De Valck, Marijke (2007) Film Festivals: From European Geopolitics to Global Cinephilia. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. ss. 90-4 /
  • Dissanayake, Wimal (1998) “Issues in World Cinema” The Oxford Guide to Film Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Elsaesser, Thomas  (2005) European Cinema: Face to Face with Hollywood. ss. 485-513.
  • Minh-ha, Trinh T. (1994) “Outside In Inside Out.” Questions of Third Cinema. Jim Pines & Paul Willemen (eds.) London. BFI. ss. 133-149.
  • Kaplan, E. Ann (2010) “European Art Cinema, Affect, and Postcolonialism: Herzog, Denis, and the Dardenne Brothers” Global Art Cinema: New Theories and Histories. Rosalind Galt & Karl Shoonover (der.) NY: Oxford University Press. ss. 285-302.
  • Galt, Rosalind & Schonover, Karl (2010) “Introduction: The Impurity of Art Cinema” Global Art Cinema: New Theories and Histories. Rosalind Galt & Karl Shoonover (der.), NY: Oxford University Press. ss. 3-30.
  • Halle, Randall (2010) “Offering Tales They Want to Hear: Transnational European Film Funding an Neo-orientalism” R. Galt & K. Shoonover  (der.), NY: Oxford University Press. pp. 303-320.


Additional Resources
  • Shohat, Ella & Stam, Robert (2002) Unthinking Eurocentrism: Multiculturalism and the Media. London: Routledge.
Films Tabutta Rövaşata, Derviş Zaim, Türkiye,

Raise the Red Lantern, Zhang Yimou, China, 1991

Central do Brasil, Walter Salles, Brazil/France, 1998

In the Mood for Love, Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong, 2000

Cache, Michael Haneke, France/Austria, 2005

Araf, Yeşim Ustaoğlu, Türkiye, 2012

La Promesse, J.P. Dardenne & Luc Dardenne, Belgium, 1996 

4 Ay, 3 Hafta, 2 Gün, Cristian Mungıu, Romania/ Belgium, 2007

İlkbahar, Yaz, Sonbahar, Kış ve İlkbahar, Kim Ki-duk, South Korea/Germany, 2003

Bin-jip 3-Iron, Kim Ki-duk, South Korea/Japan, 2004

Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge, Hsiao-hsien Hou, France/Taiwan, 2007

Copy Conforme, Abbas Kiarostami, France/Italy/Belgium/Iran, 2010



Material Sharing

Documents Films, Articles; course reader
Assignments 1-         Filmekimi film festival film analysis

2-         One director, one film analysis

3-         One country and film analysis

Exams Essay about the films and discussions, Midterm and Final




Mid-terms 1 55
Assignments 3 30
Presentation 1 15
Total   100
Total   100



COURSE CATEGORY Expertise/ Field Course



Course’s Contribution to Program

No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 To interpret the basic concepts, theories, approaches and field of study of communication science through analytical and critical perspective.       x  
2 To interpret and have access to findings and theories and the impacts of social sciences with other disciplines in the communication field.         x
3 To evaluate critically the relationship of media in a wide range from corporate structuring to media products within the context of other social structures and actors.         x
4 To relate the impacts of mass media in terms of political economy, socio-economic and social-psychological aspects within a historical process.     x    
5 To develop responsible broadcasting insight through integrating national and international rules of law that media professionals need to observe with the principles of professional ethics.         x
6 To develop unique approaches, able to make an independent research and defend an assumption in communication science specifically  in radio, television and cinema department.         X
7 To in a particular area through knowledge and skills that are acquired in practical and theoretical courses; to use in various narrative forms and adapt in the manner of giving independent product in radio, television and cinema department. x        
8 To obtain the basic knowledge of creative approaches and technical infrastructure that are used in production process in terms of theoretical and practical manners.   x      
9 To develop a project in terms of design, preparation, shooting and post-production phases of knowledge and concepts in radio, television and cinema department in a practical manner. x        
10 To consider the functioning of measuring and decision-making processes in radio, television and cinema department; to evaluate the historical and cultural development and socio-political effects of program formats and programs.     x    
11 To consider the essential format forms, to develop a project, to design a project in terms of linguistically and visually, to present, to write and to apply a project that is appropriate and effective to Turkish in creative ways which is essential for radio, television and cinema.   x      
12 At a certain level to be able to performance English in order to pursue developments and ideas in international arena in the field of communication.     x    
13 To monitor and analyze national and global events and facts through associating with media.         x




Activities Quantity Duration
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 16 3 48
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 16 3 48
Mid-terms 1 5 5
Assignments 3 3 9
Presentation 1 5 5
Final examination 1 10 10
Total Work Load     125
Total Work Load / 25 (h)     5
ECTS Credit of the Course     5