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Course Code: 
RTC 320
Course Type: 
Course Language: 
Course Objectives: 
This course examines the developmant of Turkish cinema as an art form and a field of mass communication.
Course Content: 

The development of cinema in Turkey, are examined in a chronological flow. The political, economic and cultural conditions are identified. The effects of the conditions is analysed in Turkish cinema. Examined on the basis of artistic development of the creators of the Turkish cinema.

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Question-Answer, 3: Discussion
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Testing, B: Experiment, C: Homework

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1) Investigates the development process of the cinema as a part of mass communication in Turkey. Examines political, social and economic effects on this process. 1,2,5,13  1, 2, 3 A, C
2) Examines how Turkish cinema sets up a realitionship with its targeted audience. Investigates political, social and cultural effects on this realitionship.  2,3,5,6  1, 2, 3 A, C
3) Examines the Turkish cinema as an art form. Analyses the creators, film forms and contents.  3,6,10  1, 2, 3 A, C
4) Examines the legal framework has been influential on Turkish cinema. Determines changing and evolving points.                         


3,4 1,2,3 A,C
5)Examines examples of the different views and styles of Turkish cinema (National cinema, Traditional cinema etc.) 3,5,10 1,2,3 A,C
6) Discuss on Turkish cinema reached the point today and what can be done in the future on behalf of the debate becomes more proficient. 3,5,6,13 1,2,3 A,C



Course Flow

Week Topics Study Materials
1 The invention of the cinema and the advent of the Ottoman Empire  (1895-1921)


 “Sinemanın Arkeolojisi”   (C.W Ceram/Agora/2007 – “Türk Sinema Tarihi”  documentary film (Prof.Sami Şekeroğlu)


2 Cinema in the early years of Turkish Republic – First cinema companies and organizations.

Muhsin Ertuğrul (1922 – 1939)

Transitional years (1939 – 1952)

World War 2 and its effects on Turkish cinema.

          Researching WW 2
3 Basics of the popular cinema in Turkey - Audience profile analyzes -  The formation of Yeşilçam style – Connections between melodrama and Anatolian culture. (1952-1960)


“Türk Sinema Tarihi” Cilt 1 (Giovanni Scognomillo/

Kabalcı /2003)

“Poetika” (Aristotales/Remzi/2011)

4 Economic structure of Turkish cinema and the issue of censorship. (1952-1960)


Researching ‘Democratic Party’-

“Türk Sinemasında Sansür”(Agah Özgüç/Kitle/


5 Social Realism in Turkish Cinema (1960 – 1970)


“Toplumsal Değişme ve Türk Sineması” (Gülseren Güçhan/İmge/1993)
6 Different views in Turkish cinema: National  Cinema, Traditional Cinema, Religious cinema.  First film archives in Turkey (1960 – 1970) “Ulusal Sinema Kavgası” (Halit Refiğ/Dergah/2009)
7 Political cinema in Turkey (1971 – 1980) “Yılmaz Güney Kitabı” (Atilla Dorsay/Güney/2005)
8 Effects of the arabesque style on Turkish cinema (1974 – 1980) “Popüler Kültür ve Orhan Gencebay Arabeski”(Meral Özbek/İletişim/2012)
9 Erotic and fantastic films in Turkish cinema (1974–1980) “Türk Sinemasında Cinselliğin tarihi” (Agah Özgüç/Parantez/2000)
11 Feminism and Turkish cinema (1980 – 1990) “Seksenler Türkiyesi’nde  Sinema/Beta/2000” (Şükran Kuyucak Esen/)
12 Neo – liberailsm and its effects on Turkish cinema - Development of the advertising industry

(1980 – 1990)

    Researching the “ANAP” rule.
13 The cultural origins of the traditional comedies in Turkish cinema.(1980 – 1990) “Tv ve Sinemada Kemal Sunal Güldürüsü” (Kemal Sunal/Sel/2005)
14 The effects of the tv broadcasting on Turkish cinema – Turkish cinema in the international arena (1990 – 2000)  


Researching Eurimage and International film festivals
15 The thoughts and plans about the future of Turkish cinema.





Recommended Sources

Textbook There are ‘Study Notes’ separately for each course are compiled from various sources.
Additional Resources “Türk Sinema Tarihi” (G.Scognomillo/Kabalcı/2003), Türk Sineması Tarihi (N.Özön/Doruk/2013), “Benden Sonra Tufan Olmasın” (M.Ertuğrul/Remzi/2007), “Türk Sineması Üzerine Yazılar” (N.Abisel/Phoenix/2005), “Türk Sineması Toplumbilimi” (F.Kalkan/Ajans Tümer/1988), “Bir Halk Sinemacısı Osman F.Seden” (P.Tınaz/Dergah/2006), “Türk Sineması Üzerine Düşünceler (S.M Dinçer/Doruk/1996), “Senaryo:Bülent Oran/Dergah/2005” (İbrahim Türk).



Material Sharing

Documents Film screenings: “Kanun Namına”(1952 L.Ö Akad), “Mahalleye Gelen Gelin”(1962 O.F Seden), “Gurbet Kuşları” (1963 H.Refiğ), “Acı Hayat” (1964 M.Erksan), “Arkadaş (1974 Y.Güney), “Batsın Bu Dünya” (1974 O.F Seden), “Muhsin Bey”(1987 Y.Turgul), “Aaah Belinda” (1986 A.Yılmaz), “Akrebin Yolculuğu”(1997 Ö.Kavur), “Üç Maymun”(2008 N.B Ceylan)
Assignments  “The effects of the ‘Cold War’ on Turkish Cinema” (writing a personal text)
Exams 1 mid-term, 1 writing article, 1 final exam.  




Midterms 1 40
Assignment 2 10
Final 3 50
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 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 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      
5 To relate the impacts of mass media in terms of political economy, socio-economic and social-psychological aspects within a historical process.         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.          
8 To obtain the basic knowledge of creative approaches and technical infrastructure those are used in production process in terms of theoretical and practical manners.          
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.          
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.          
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.          
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: 16 x Total course hours) 16 3 48
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 16 3 48
Midterms 1 10 10
Quizzes - - -
Assignment 1 9 9
Final examination 1 10 10
Total Work Load     125
Total Work Load / 25 (h)     5
ECTS Credit of the Course     5