MCS 104 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Communication, Literature and Philosophy
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
MCS 104
Fall
3
0
3
5

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Required
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives This module aims to introduce students to analytic thinking and philosophizing via short readings and analysis of literary texts, art works, photography and cinema.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • explain the parallels between the history of philosophy and the history of communication/art/literature
  • compare the changes and developments in philosophical thinking with the changes and developments of the means and methods of communication
  • evaluate the role of literary texts in providing answers to the major philosophical questionscompare
  • compare the changes and developments in philosophical thinking with the changes and developments of the means and methods of communicationprovide
  • provide answers to the question of the extent to which the fundamental questions of Western philosophy, including being, subject and consciousness, have determined the practices of communication, art and literature
  • explain the links between different philosophical currents and the main analytic methods of the discipline of communications, including rhetoric, semiotics, discourse analysis and content analysis
  • explain the effects of binary oppositions that lie at the foundations of Western philosophy on the development of literature and arts in particular, and of communications and culture in generalrelate the creation of literary and artistic works to the knowledge derived from the ethical, aesthetical and political spheres of philosophy.
Course Content This course focuses on the historical trajectory of western philosophy from ancient Greece to postmodernism in parallel to its relations particularly with literature and art, and generally with culture and communications.




ACADEMIC CAUTION

Academic honesty: Plagiarism, copying, cheating, purchasing essays/projects, presenting some one else’s work as your own and all sorts of literary theft is considered academic dishonesty. Under the rubric of İzmir University of Economics Faculty of Communication, all forms of academic dishonesty are considered as crime and end in disciplinary interrogation. According to YÖK’s Student Discipline Regulation, the consequence of cheating or attempting to cheat is 6 to 12 months expulsion. Having been done intentionally or accidentally does not change the punitive consequences of academic dishonesty. Academic honesty is each student’s own responsibility.

Plagiarism is the most common form of academic dishonesty. According to the MerriamWebster Online Dictionary, to plagiarize means to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own. The easiest and most effective way to prevent plagiarism is to give reference when using someone else’s ideas, and to use quotation marks when using someone else’s exact words.

A detailed informative guideline regarding plagiarism can be found here.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Presentation and an overview of the course, course organization, requirements and methods of evaluation.
2 Essential Questions of Philosophy: Ancient Greece Clerk, ‘Ancient Philosophy, in Kenny, 1-53
3 Introduction to Philosophy of Modern Times Kenny, ‘Descartes to Kant’, in Kenny, 107-193
4 Enlightenment, Modernity and Reason Umberto Eco, Gülün Adı; ‘Descartes’ in Russell, 511-520, Umberto Eco, ‘The Return of the Middle Ages’ in Eco, Travels in Hyperreality, 59-86.
5 Modernity, Science, Progress and Dangers Mary Shelley, Frankenstein. Descartes in Russell, 511-520
6 Discussion on the Consequences of Modernization Descartes in Russell, 511-520
7 Consciousness, Identity and Freedom: Lord and Bondsman Orhan Pamuk, The White Castle. Scruton, ‘Hegel’ in Kenny 201 -206.
8 Discussion on Lord/Bondsman and East/West Hegel’ in Kenny 201 -206. Hall, ‘The West and the Rest’ (Handout)
9 Ethics: Modern and Postmodern Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment. Kenny, ‘Kantian Morality’, in Kenny, 190-192; Scruton ‘Nietzsche’, 216-221
10 Modernity, Power, Bureaucracy and Surveillance Franz Kafka ‘The Trial’ Movie ‘Kafka’ SEP ‘Weber’; SEP ‘Foucault’ (Handouts
11 Discussion on Society of Surveillance and Ethics Kantian Morality’, in Kenny, 190-192; Scruton ‘Nietzsche’, 216-221 SEP ‘Weber’; SEP ‘Foucault’ (Handouts)
12 Rousseau: “Natural Man” and Degeneration Joseph Conrad, ‘Heart of Darkness’ Movie ‘Apocalypse Now’ Quinton ‘Rousseau’ in Kenny 329-332 Freud, ‘Civilization and Its Discontents’
13 Philosophy and Psychology Franz Kafka ‘Metamorphosis’ Yusuf Atılgan ‘Anayurt Oteli’ Modules on Freud (Handout)
14 Revision
15 Review of the Semester  
16 Review of the Semester  

 

Course Textbooks Robert C. Solomon and Kathleen M. Higgins, The Big Questions: A Short Introduction to Philosophy , Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy, Sir Anthony Kenny, An Illustrated Brief History of Western Philosophy
References

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
1
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
30
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
2
60
Final / Oral Exam
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
3
70
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
1
30
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
15
5
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
Presentation / Jury
Project
20
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
2
10
Final / Oral Exam
    Total
143

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

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Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to critically discuss and interpret the theories, concepts and ideas that form the basis of media and communication discipline. X
2 To have the fundamental knowledge and ability to use the technical equipment and software programs required by the mediaproduction process. X
3 To be able to use the acquired theoretical knowledge in practice. X
4 To be able to critically interpret theoretical debates concerning the relations between the forms, agents, and factors that play a role in the field of media and communication. X
5 To be able to critically discuss and draw on theories, concepts and ideas that form the basis of other disciplines complementing the field of media and communication studies. X
6 To be informed about national, regional, and global issues and problems; to be able to generate problemsolving methods depending on the quality of evidence and research, and to acquire the ability to report those methods to the public. X
7 To be able to gather, scrutinize and use with scientific methods the necessary data to for the processes of production and distribution. X
8 To be able to use and develop the acquired knowledge and skills in a lifelong process towards personal and social goals. X
9 To be able to follow developments in new technologies of media and communication, as well as new methods of production, new media industries, and new theories; and to be able to communicate with international colleagues in a foreign language. (“European Language Portfolio Global Scale,” Level B1)
10 To be able to use a second foreign language at the intermediate level.
11 To be able to use computer software required by the discipline and to possess advancedlevel computing and IT skills. (“European Computer Driving Licence”, Advanced Level)

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest