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Course Code: 
COMM 401
Course Period: 
Autumn
Course Type: 
Core
P: 
3
Lab: 
0
Credits: 
3
ECTS: 
5
Prerequisite Courses: 
Course Language: 
English
Course Coordinator: 
Courses given by: 
Course Objectives: 
This course aims to provide students with the theoretical and analytical tools with which to read cultural components critically. It is designed to enable them to analyze a wide range of cultural texts and practices in the light of cultural and critical theories. It also aims to allow students to pursue their particular interests within an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural framework.
Course Content: 

This course introduces the development of cultural studies as an approach to communication studies by focusing on Classical Social Theory and Contemporary Sociological Theory. The emphasis is on the analysis of everyday practices and issues with reference to leading theoreticians to figure out how they shape our understanding of everyday life.

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Interactive Lecture, 8: Pairwork, 15: Assignment
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Testing, C: Homework

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1) Associates cultural texts with the popular and the everyday. 1, 3, 4, 7, 8 1, 2, 8, 15 A, C
2) Gains an understanding of how culture draws on the fields of History, Economy, Politics, Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology, and Literary Studies. 1, 3, 4, 7, 8 1, 2, 8, 15 A, C
3) Gains knowledge of how cultural practices and meanings are produced, circulated, and exchanged. 1, 3, 4, 7, 8 1, 2, 8, 15 A, C
4) Analyses cultural practices, representations, identities, and power and becomes an informed and engaged critical thinker in relation to important contemporary cultural issues.  1, 3, 4, 7, 8 1, 2, 8, 15 A, C

 

Course Flow

COURSE CONTENT
Week Topics Study Materials
1 Introduction to cultural studies: What is culture? What is cultural studies? How do cultural texts and practices convey different kinds of meaning and value?  
2 Culture in Classical Social Theory (Basic viewpoints of Emile Durkheim and Max Weber) Alkin, R. C. (2014). Introduction to the Relationship between Modernity and Sociology in Specific to Emile Durkheim and Max Weber’s Studies. European Scientific Journal10(5), 1–11.
3 Culture in Classical Social Theory (continues) (Basic viewpoints of Karl Marx and Georg Simmel) ); The discussion about Gökdelen within the framework of Marxist infrastructure-superstructure relationship

 

“Precarity”, “Precarious”:

Mckenzie, L. (2017). The rich, the rich, we’ve got to get rid of the rich. Clinical Psychology Forum297, 8–12.

 

Yücel, T. (2016). Gökdelen. İstanbul: Can Yayınları

 

4 Culture in Classical Social Theory (Basic viewpoints of Karl Marx and Georg Simmel) (continues Geczy, A., & Karaminas, V. (2015). Fashion’s Double : Representations of Fashion in Painting, Photography and Film. Bloomsbury Academic.

 

5 Consumer cultures as a source of pleasure, identity, degradation, social injustice, inequality, and alienation Veblen, T. (2007). The Theory of the Leisure Class. OUP Oxford, Chapter 4: Conspicious Consumption

 

To comprehend the “Diderot Effect”:

Denis D. (1769)  Regrets on parting with my old dressing gown,

https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/diderot/1769/regrets.htm

 

Why new things make us sad - BBC REEL, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUNxBSiV4ZY

 

6 Consumer cultures as a source of pleasure, identity, degradation, social injustice, inequality, and alienation (continues); The discussion about Kumru ile Kumru within the framework of the consumption ideology Alderson, A. S., & Katz-Gerro, T. (2016). Compared to Whom? Inequality, Social Comparison, and Happiness in the United States. Social Forces95(1), 25. https://doi-org.lproxy.yeditepe.edu.tr/10.1093/sf/sow042

 

Yücel, T. (2016). Kumru ile Kumru, İstanbul: Can Yayınları

7 Contemporary Sociological Theory: The Frankfurt School theoreticians with a closer look at Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin  
8 MIDTERM  
9 Contemporary Sociological Theory: The Frankfurt School theoreticians with a closer look at Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin (continues) Murray, M. (2005). Nothing happening: Warhol and the negative dialectics of subversion. European Journal of American Culture24(1), 61–83. https://doi-org.lproxy.yeditepe.edu.tr/10.1386/ejac.24.1.61/1
10 Contemporary Sociological Theory (continues): Michel Foucault and his understanding of power What is Foucault's Panopticon? An Introduction to a Revolutionary Theory, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFbywfzu-jI

 

Aux origines du panoptique/Décryptage (with English translation), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUoomlneIkw

 

11 Contemporary Sociological Theory (continues): Erving Goffman and The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life and Michel de Certau-Recaliming the Everyday

 

Everyday life: Details that make up everyday experiences (Fashion, eating, shopping, waste, laughter, selfies, etc.)

Sheringham, M. (2006). Everyday Life : Theories and Practices From Surrealism to the Present. OUP Oxford.

 

Derek, C. M. (2020) Selfie consumerism in a narcissistic age, Consumption Markets & Culture, 23:1, 21-43, DOI: 10.1080/10253866.2018.1467318

12 Contemporary Sociological Theory (continues): From modernity to post-modernity? A closer look at François Lyotard ve Jean Baudrillard Powell, J. L. (2012). Baudrillard and Postmodernism. Nova Science Publishers, Inc.,
13 Contemporary Sociological Theory (continues): From modernity to post-modernity? A closer look at François Lyotard ve Jean Baudrillard (continues)  
14  

 

 

 

Digital culture: The impact of digital technology on our social cultural lives; How this technology challenges our more traditional notions of identity and self, the body, relationships, privacy, and friendship

Leong, B. (2019). Facial recognition and the future of privacy: I always feel like ... somebody’s watching me. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists75(3), 109.

 

Kominers, S. D. (2020). Fake AI People Won’t Fix Online Dating. Bloomberg Opinion, N.PAG.

 

Silverman, J. (2017). Privacy under Surveillance Capitalism. Social Research84(1), 147–164.

 

Trop, J. (2019). The Spy inside Your Car. Fortune International (Europe)179(2), N.PAG.

 

Williams, P. J. (2019). AI’s Persona Problem. Nation309(2), 10–11.

 

 

15 Digital culture (continues) &

Final discussion about the term: Can we see the other side of the coin now?  

iHuman, a documentary about AI, social control, and power, Norwegian Film Institute, 2017.
16 FINAL  

 

Recommended Sources

RECOMMENDED SOURCES
Textbook Milner, A., & Browitt, J. (2002). Contemporary Cultural Theory : An Introduction: Vol. 3rd ed. Routledge. http://web.a.ebscohost.com.lproxy.yeditepe.edu.tr/ehost/ebookviewer/ebook/ZTAwMHh3d19fNjM0NDMyX19BTg2?sid=d54aec5d-d813-4ad3-a5ad-029eb210017b@sessionmgr4007&vid=113&format=EB&lpid=lp_1&rid=6
Additional Resources  

Alderson, A. S., & Katz-Gerro, T. (2016). Compared to Whom? Inequality, Social Comparison, and Happiness in the United States. Social Forces95(1), 25. https://doi-org.lproxy.yeditepe.edu.tr/10.1093/sf/sow042, http://web.a.ebscohost.com.lproxy.yeditepe.edu.tr/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=70&sid=d54aec5d-d813-4ad3-a5ad-029eb210017b%40sessionmgr4007

Alkin, R. C. (2014). Introduction to the Relationship between Modernity and Sociology in Specific to Emile Durkheim and Max Weber’s Studies. European Scientific Journal10(5), 1–11. http://web.a.ebscohost.com.lproxy.yeditepe.edu.tr/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=25&sid=c60a1834-3821-4ee2-8921-8319f4cfdf34%40sessionmgr4006

Aux origines du panoptique/Décryptage (with English translation), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUoomlneIkw

 

Denis D. (1769)  Regrets on parting with my old dressing gown https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/diderot/1769/regrets.htm

Derek, C. M. (2020) Selfie consumerism in a narcissistic age, Consumption Markets & Culture, 23:1, 21-43, DOI: 10.1080/10253866.2018.1467318, https://www-tandfonline-com.lproxy.yeditepe.edu.tr/doi/pdf/10.1080/10253866.2018.1467318?needAccess=true

Geczy, A., & Karaminas, V. (2015). Fashion’s Double : Representations of Fashion in Painting, Photography and Film. Bloomsbury Academic. http://web.a.ebscohost.com.lproxy.yeditepe.edu.tr/ehost/ebookviewer/ebook/ZTAwMHh3d19fMTA4Mjk1N19fQU41?sid=d54aec5d-d813-4ad3-a5ad-029eb210017b@sessionmgr4007&vid=15&format=EB&rid=177

iHuman, a documentary about AI, social control, and power, Norwegian Film Institute, 2017. See also https://www.nfi.no/eng/film?name=ihuman&id=2005

Kominers, S. D. (2020). Fake AI People Won’t Fix Online Dating. Bloomberg Opinion, N.PAG. http://web.a.ebscohost.com.lproxy.yeditepe.edu.tr/ehost/detail/detail?vid=116&sid=d54aec5d-d813-4ad3-a5ad-029eb210017b%40sessionmgr4007&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#AN=141236962&db=bsu

Leong, B. (2019). Facial recognition and the future of privacy: I always feel like ... somebody’s watching me. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists75(3), 109. https://doi-org.lproxy.yeditepe.edu.tr/10.1080/00963402.2019.1604886, http://web.a.ebscohost.com.lproxy.yeditepe.edu.tr/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=115&sid=d54aec5d-d813-4ad3-a5ad-029eb210017b%40sessionmgr4007

 

McDonald, P. (2012). The Philosophy of Humour. Humanities-Ebooks. http://web.a.ebscohost.com.lproxy.yeditepe.edu.tr/ehost/ebookviewer/ebook/ZTAwMHh3d19fNTc1Njg0X19BTg2?sid=d54aec5d-d813-4ad3-a5ad-029eb210017b@sessionmgr4007&vid=18&format=EB&rid=297

 

Mckenzie, L. (2017). The rich, the rich, we’ve got to get rid of the rich. Clinical Psychology Forum297, 8–12. http://web.a.ebscohost.com.lproxy.yeditepe.edu.tr/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=49&sid=d54aec5d-d813-4ad3-a5ad-029eb210017b%40sessionmgr4007

 

Murray, M. (2005). Nothing happening: Warhol and the negative dialectics of subversion. European Journal of American Culture24(1), 61–83. https://doi-org.lproxy.yeditepe.edu.tr/10.1386/ejac.24.1.61/1, http://web.a.ebscohost.com.lproxy.yeditepe.edu.tr/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=38&sid=c60a1834-3821-4ee2-8921-8319f4cfdf34%40sessionmgr4006

 

Powell, J. L. (2012). Baudrillard and Postmodernism. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., http://web.a.ebscohost.com.lproxy.yeditepe.edu.tr/ehost/ebookviewer/ebook/ZTAwMHh3d19fNjA2NDAxX19BTg2?sid=d54aec5d-d813-4ad3-a5ad-029eb210017b@sessionmgr4007&vid=91&format=EB&rid=6

 

Sheringham, M. (2006). Everyday Life : Theories and Practices From Surrealism to the Present. OUP Oxford. http://web.a.ebscohost.com.lproxy.yeditepe.edu.tr/ehost/ebookviewer/ebook/ZTAwMHh3d19fMTU2Nzg3X19BTg2?sid=c60a1834-3821-4ee2-8921-8319f4cfdf34@sessionmgr4006&vid=5&format=EB&lpid=lp_212&rid=121

 

Silverman, J. (2017). Privacy under Surveillance Capitalism. Social Research84(1), 147–164. http://web.a.ebscohost.com.lproxy.yeditepe.edu.tr/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=41&sid=c60a1834-3821-4ee2-8921-8319f4cfdf34%40sessionmgr4006

 

Trop, J. (2019). The Spy inside Your Car. Fortune International (Europe)179(2), N.PAG. http://web.a.ebscohost.com.lproxy.yeditepe.edu.tr/ehost/detail/detail?vid=121&sid=d54aec5d-d813-4ad3-a5ad-029eb210017b%40sessionmgr4007&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#AN=135470649&db=bth

 

Veblen, T. (2007). The Theory of the Leisure Class. OUP Oxford http://web.a.ebscohost.com.lproxy.yeditepe.edu.tr/ehost/ebookviewer/ebook/ZTAwMHh3d19fMjE1OTk3X19BTg2?sid=c60a1834-3821-4ee2-8921-8319f4cfdf34@sessionmgr4006&vid=20&format=EB&rid=148

 

What is Foucault's Panopticon? An Introduction to a Revolutionary Theory, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFbywfzu-jI

 

Why new things make us sad - BBC REEL, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUNxBSiV4ZY

 

Williams, P. J. (2019). AI’s Persona Problem. Nation309(2), 10–11. http://web.a.ebscohost.com.lproxy.yeditepe.edu.tr/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=117&sid=d54aec5d-d813-4ad3-a5ad-029eb210017b%40sessionmgr4007

 

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Professor’s slides

 

 

Material Sharing

MATERIAL SHARING
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Exams  

 

Assessment

ASSESSMENT
IN-TERM STUDIES NUMBER PERCENTAGE
Mid-terms 1 60
Homework-Classwork 10 40
Total   100
Contribution of Final Examination to Overall Grade   60
Contribution of In-Term Studies to Overall Grade   40
Total   100
Total    

 

Course’s Contribution to Program

COURSE 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.          
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.          
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.          
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.          

 

 

ECTS

ECTS ALLOCATED BASED ON STUDENT WORKLOAD BY THE COURSE DESCRIPTION
Activities Quantity Duration
(Hour)
Total
Workload
(Hour)
Course Duration 14 3 42
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14 4 56
Mid-terms 1 3 3
Classwork-Homework 10 2 20
Final examination 1 3 3
Total Work Load     124
Total Work Load / 25 (h)     4,96
ECTS Credit of the Course     5