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RTC 320
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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: Interactive Lecture
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Exam

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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. 4, 7, 9 1, 2 A
2) Examines how Turkish cinema sets up a realitionship with its targeted audience. Investigates political, social and cultural effects on this realitionship.  5, 6, 7, 8 1, 2 A
3) Examines the Turkish cinema as an art form. Analyses the creators, film forms and contents.  4, 8, 9 1, 2 A
4) Examines the legal framework has been influential on Turkish cinema. Determines changing and evolving points.                          5, 6 1, 2 A
5)Examines examples of the different views and styles of Turkish cinema (National cinema, Traditional cinema etc.) 4, 8, 9 1, 2 A



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.

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) – Period of Democrat 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 Midterm Exam  
9 Effects of the arabesque style on Turkish cinema (1974 – 1980) “Popüler Kültür ve Orhan Gencebay Arabeski”(Meral Özbek/İletişim/2012)
10 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), Period of ANAP   
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)  

Eurimage and International film festivals


15 New Turkish cinema after 2000. The thoughts and plans about the future of Turkish cinema.


16 Final Exam  



Recommended Sources

Textbook Pınar Tınaz “Study Notes”
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).

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)



Material Sharing

Documents Handed out in class
Assignments www.coadsys.yeditepe.edu.tr




Mid-terms 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 1 14
Students Reading 14 1 14
Mid-terms 1 2 2
Final exam 1 2 2
Total Work Load     74
Total Work Load / 25 (h)     2,96
ECTS Credit of the Course     3