MCS 112 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Communication, Culture & Society II
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
MCS 112
Spring
3
2
4
6

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Required
Course Level
-
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s) -
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives Explore the structural and cultural context of media and communication practices, examine processes of news and entertainment making/reception across diverse media fields, encourage students to research and analyze media institutions and goods in local/global terms.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Develop a critical understanding on contemporary mediascape
  • Reflect on aspects of media consumption and the impacts of media uses in everyday life
  • Assess main trends in the global flows of information and the interplay between local and global
  • Evaluate main characteristics of new media practices and the challenges they set
  • Apply different methodological approaches in the analysis of media practices
  • Analyze media institutions, their organization, production and distribution practices
Course Content The course draws on diverse aspects of the media of communication, probing into their social, cultural and political implications

 



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 The political economy of media Garnham, Nicholas (1986) Contribution to a political economy of mass-communication. In R. Collins, J. Curran, N. Garnham, P. Scannell, P. Schlesinger and C. Sparks (Eds.) Media, culture and society: A critical reader. London: Sage.
2 Commercial and public media Open book essay exam (%15) Scannell, Paddy (1992) Public service broadcasting and modern public life. In P. Scannell, P. Schlesinger and C. Sparks (Eds.) Culture and power: A media, culture & society reader. London: Sage.
3 Sociology of newsmaking Way, Lyndon C. S.(2011) 'The local news media impeding solutions to the Cyprus conflict: competing discourses of nationalism in Turkish Cypriot radio news', Social Semiotics, 21: 1, 15 — 31 Schudson, M. (1989) ‘The sociology of news production’ Media, culture and society, 1, p. 263-283.
4 Media and democracy Lichtenberg, Judith (1995) Democracy and the mass media, Cambridge: 1-20. John Street (1986) Rebel Rock, Blackwell: 13-28 Way, Lyndon ve Süer, Cansu (2014) Özgünlük ve Direniş Hikayeleri: Popüler Müzikte Protesto Potansiyeli, Külürveiletişim, 17(1): 39-68.
5 Media reception and everyday life Morley’s (1980) The ‘Nationwide’ Audience in Stevenson, Nick (1995) Understanding Media Cultures: Social Theory and Mass Communication, Sage, pp. 75 – 89.
6 Gender and the media Ien Ang in John Storey, Cultural Theory and popular culture (3rd edition) p. 105- 118. Billington, Strawbridge, Greensides and Fitzsimons (1991) Culture and society, Macmillan: 119- 138.
7 Midterm %30
8 Language, representation and ideology Barker, C. (1999) Television, Globalization and Cultural Identities. (Chapter 1: Disturbing Cultural Identities).
9 Modernity, media and orientalism Hall, S. & du Gay, P (2011 eds.) The Question of Cultural Identity. (Chapter 5: Interrupting Identities: Turkey/Europe).
10 Race, nationalism and the media Barker, C. (1999) Television, Globalization and Cultural Identities. (Chapter 3: The Construction and Representation of Race and Nation)
11 Globalization, transnationalism and the media Barker, C. (1999) Television, Globalization and Cultural Identities. (Chapter 2: Global Television and Global Culture).
12 New media and social networking sites Fuchs, Christian (2014) Social media: A critical introduction. London: Sage – chapter 2: What is social media?
13 Community, local and alternative, activist media Vatikiotis, Pantelis (2005) Communication theory and alternative media. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, 2 (1), 5–29.
14 Second midterm
15 Review of the semester
16 Review of the semester

 

Course Textbooks Handouts, lectures (PowerPoint presentations, seminars, structured questions and materials for class discussion, workshops, case studies, role play sessions
References Bibliography, print journals, open access journals

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

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

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
100
100
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
5
80
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
14
2
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
3
Homework / Assignments
2
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
2
10
Final / Oral Exam
13
    Total
128

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
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.
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) X
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