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COMM 120
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Course Objectives: 
This course aims to analyze the art history and aesthetic concept chronologically. Within the frame of this course where art and aesthetics’ main definitions are made, ideas related to art movements are questioned, traditional art forms (painting, sculpture, language, and performance), contemporary technological applications and aesthetic teachings are discussed.
Course Content: 

Students analyze, compare, and discuss the artistic activities of historical periods, life styles and thinking habits in the frame of aesthetic teachings while setting relations between them. Students are also expected to gain knowledge and analytical thoughts around the notions of art movements and changes upon aesthetics over time.

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Question-Answer, 3: Discussion
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Examination , B: Experimentation C: Assignment

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program Outcomes Teaching




1. Constructing links between art and aesthetics. 2 1,2,3 A,C
2. Gaining the ability to build an efficient art view. 2 1,2,3 A,C
3. Linking artistic and cultural knowledge and values, and building an analytic approach accordingly. 2 1,2,3 A,C
4. Learning methods of research, reading, and presenting in order to analyze the works of art; its elements, application fields, rules, principles, foundational notions, and historical context. 9 1,2,3 A.C
5. Gaining the ability to properly attend to the cultural and scientific events regarding the History of Art (Exhibitions, Biennials, Assemblies, Conferences etc.). 8 1,2,3 A,C
6. Applying the gathered scientific knowledge regarding cultural assets upon contemporary issues when necessary. 9 1,2,3 A.C
7. Examining the existing digital fields regarding their social and artistic notions.


3 1,2,3 A,C



Course Flow

Week Topics  
1 Acquainting with the students / Knowledge upon the class schedule / Requesting class materials  
2 Introduction to Aesthetics: The “Aesthesis” Notion  
3 Aesthetics throughout Middle Ages and Early Renaissance Period / Class Presentation  
4 15th and 16th Centuries: The Discovery of Reality / Class Presentation  
5 16th-18th Centuries: Late Renaissance and Baroque Eras / Class Presentation  
6 Late 18th Century: Separating from Tradition (Neoclassicism, Romanticism) / Class Presentation  
7 19th Century: Revolutions in Art (Realism, the Barbizon School, Impressionism) / Class Presentation  
8 Midterm Exam  
9 20th Century: Experimental Movements (Avant-garde Aesthetics)  
10 Aesthetics in Modernism & Postmodernism / Class Presentation  
11 Aesthetics in the Digital Age / Class Presentation  
12 Aesthetics of the New Media / Class Presentation  
13 Class Presentation  
14 Class Presentation  
15 Class Presentation  
16 Final  



Recommended Sources

Class Notes Sources: Many of the readings (further analyze the following instructions) will be in digital format. Other will be printed and handed out within the class.

Movies: EXistenZ, David Cronenberg, Alliance Atlantis Communications, 1999.

Ghost in the Shell, Mamory Oshii, Distributed by Manga Entertainment, 1996.

Other Sources Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Look at student website about Guillaume Appolinaire and Surrealism http://pages. emerson.edu/courses/fall99/ma547

Simon Penny, "Consumer Culture and the Technological Imperative: The Artist in Dataspace' Pierre Levy, "The Art of Cyberspace"

Anne Balsamo, "On the Cutting Edge"

John G. Hanhardt: "De-Collage/Collage: Notes Toward a Reeaxamination of the Origins of Video Art"

Heiner Stachelhaus: 'The Expanded Concept of Art"

Don Slater, "Domestic Photography and Digital Culture"

Estetik, Avner Ziss, Avangard Kuramı, Peter Bürger

1940’tan Günümüze Sanat - Varlık Stratejileri, Jonathan Fineberg.

Adnan Turani, Çağdaş Sanat Felsefesi

G. Skirberkk&N.Gilje, Antik Yunan’dan Modern Döneme Felsefe Tarihi

İsmail Tunalı, Felsefenin Işığında Modern Resim/Modern Resimden Avangard Resme

John Perry Barlow "Censorship 2000"





Midterm Exam 1 60
Presentation 1 20
Assignment 1 20
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 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.            
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.            
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 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.            
9 To monitor and analyze national and global events and facts through associating with media.            



Activities Quantity Duration
Total Workload
Course Duration 15 3 45
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, Practice) 14 1 14
Midterm Examination 1 3 3
Individual study for the exam 1 10 10
Assignment 1 14 14
Final Examination 1 3 3
Individual study for the exam         1     30 30
Total Workload     119
Total Workload / 25 (h)     4,76
ECTS Credit of the Course     5