Cinema and Media Research - Course Descriptions




Theories of Cinema, Media and Culture I


We aim to establish the theoretical framework which stems from and stems against the heritage of Enlightenment and discuss the application methodologies of different theoretical perspectives onto scientific research and studies. In the first part of the course, we will concentrate on some of the paradigms, especially critical thought and theories, which stretch from the late 19th century to the 20th century.

Theories of Cinema, Media, and Culture II


This course aims to enable the students to possess the necessary theoretical framework in the spheres of cinema, media and culture and present the application methodologies of different theoretical perspectives onto scientific research and studies. In the second part of the course, certain theoretical and philosophical approaches from structuralism and post-structuralism will be discussed. These include psychoanalysis, popular culture studies and postmodernism.

Historical and Social Research


In this course, the students will see different study and analysis methodologies frequently used in cinema, media and cultural research. Different cases of academic analysis ranging from empirical social science methodologies to critical ones will be presented with examples. In the course, the students will cover certain scientific texts from the spheres of cinema, media ve culture and produce various texts in areas where they want to specialize. At the end of the course, they will prepare an application based on a theoretical approach of their own choice.

Critique and the Analysis Methods And Practices


Today, we are bombarded with messages and texts through the media and visual products in daily life. However, to what degree can we understand or interpret and analyze these messages and texts which we face for short or long durations? This course aims to make meaning out of and analyze these texts while explaining their cultural qualities, contexts and intentions and to produce analysis and criticism texts.

The History of Media and Culture in Turkey


This course is about the history of visual and cultural texts in the late Ottoman period and the Republican Turkey. Cultural perception and production in the late Ottoman period expresses Westernization and modernization proposals on one hand and is covered with the Ottoman identity on the other hand. In the Republican Turkey, the establishment of the nation-state and the Atatürk reforms caused a reconstruction in the cultural identity. The transformation of the national identity, visual texts and media products will also be included in the topics covered in the course.

Special Topics On Movements and Directors


This course will discuss the historical and social dimensions of cinema through the cinematic representation of societies, reflections of social movements in cinema, cinematic differences between societies and the reflection of the daily life on cinema and concentrate on major directors.

Cinema and Gender


The reflection of gender-related issues on cinema will be covered in this course. The course will start with an introduction of the problematization of looking and spectatorship processes in film theory starting from Metz and will cover psychoanalytical and feminist approaches which are in interaction with each other. Recent tendencies heavily felt especially within feminist approaches in the recent years will be the focal point of the course.

Film Studies In Turkey


This course will trace cinema studies in Turkey through the research, study and theoretical texts of academicians working on cinema in Turkish universities from the 1970s onto today. It will cover not only the changes and transformations in cinema studies in the universities, but also the interactions between works of researchers, critics and historians working on cinema outside of the academic world with academic works.

Interactive Fiction and Networked Media


Networked media is about co-operative/collaborative practice in which many can contribute to the production of "media". Features distinguishing Network Media from classical media, such as broadcast media and the printed press offers a critical research opportunity. How is networked media democratic and decentralized? The role of the communities as participants and consumers.

History Of Art And The Media


Different stages of art from the early ages to today will be covered in this course. As the social, political or religious functions of pre-modern art will be covered, what kind of a change did the modern art create and the tendency towards avanguard and abstract currents and the representations of these in the media and their interaction with the media will be discussed. With regards to recent art, the changes brought by postmodernism will be covered through the social, political and economic changes in the art world.

Media Technologies


This area looks at issues related to interactivity, performance and multimedia; computer interface design; the history of technology (from the book and printing press through the telegraph, telephone, and sound recording, to film, radio, television, video games and the world wide web); the shaping of news and information through technology; and debates about technological determinism, space-time bias, and mediation. The general research goal is to explore the limits of what is possible in technologically sophisticated art and media, both from an artistic and an engineering viewpoint. Combining art, science, engineering, and theory. The possibilities afforded by these new technologies creates a vast reservoir of potential for art creation. It opens up the possibility for temporal, performative works to be integrated into computer networking systems and allow for more interconnectedness between a time based work of art and the timeless world of cyberspace.

Comparative Research: Time And Space


In the turning points of the 20th century; the production and reproduction processes of space, ideology and culture; the daily life practices, experience and the public sphere and their relations of production and the cognitive mappings emerging with in these processes will be analyzed through the readings of representation of time and space. It will be stressed out those social, economic, political and ideological processes; the interaction between culture and the relations of production of the daily life and that of space should be comprehended as different experiences, influences and movements, taking place in different parts of a dialectically common climate in all geographies of the world.  We will study the turning points, specific periods, production of space and time of modernism, production of culture, "contemporary" and "modern" city and life experiences in the context of cognitive mapping, production of public sphere and experience, forms of representation of time and space and their mass production.

History of Photographic Images


Since its inception, photography has proven to be a consistently thorny object of study. From questions about the ontology of the medium and its legitimacy as an art form to the nature of photographic truth itself and the "death of photography" in the digital age, scholars have often been at odds defining the medium and its social, political, and cultural meanings. Indeed, the history of photography often seems to be as much a history of ideas about photography as it is a chronological study of a visual medium or an art form. This course will explore key debates surrounding photography and its applications through an assortment of critical and theoretical perspectives. Readings for this course will include works by Barthes, Sontag, Berger, Sekula, Barrett, Crimp, Batchen, Virilio and Szarkowski.

Cinema and Technology


In comparison to other art forms, cinema is one of the cultural production venues most dependent on advanced technology. In this course, the results of the reflections of technological developments throughout the history of cinema such as sound films and digital production on film production and spectatorship processes will be covered on hand and how cinema itself carries the relation between technology and society to the screens through works on technological developments.

Visual Culture


This course will provide students with the skills to make a sustained analysis of the meaning and impact of visual images in the context of contemporary cultural and historical theory. The course ranges over most kinds of image-making ? photographs, film, painting ? and genres such as advertisements, documentary photographs and amateur snapshots. These images are discussed theoretically in terms of their 'politics of representation', but we also assess claims about their broader impact in a culture in which, according to some, visual signs have become increasingly important.

Directed Study in Advanced Media Studies


Self-directed study of a topic not covered in curriculum under the supervision of a regular faculty member.

Scientific Journalism


As public interest in science increased throughout the 1970s and 1980s, some newspapers created sections especially for science news. The news media have fostered a growing interest in scientific news. The communication of scientific knowledge to the general public via mass media requires a new relationship between the world of science and the news media. And in a media, a scientific journalist researches, writes and edits scientific news articles and features for business, trade and professional publications, specialist scientific and technical journals, and the general media. They often need to be able to explain complex scientific information, theories, practices in clear, concise, jargon-free language that can be understood by people who are not experts in these fields, whilst maintaining accuracy. The aim of this course is to examine the needs of scientific journalism under these mentioned titles.

Design Policy


Design and National Development Perspective, Design Promotion Policies, Early Examples, elements of design policy, links of design policies to general policies of economy and industrialization, classification of design policies, statistical design policies, centralist design policies, market-oriented design policies, and design policies in different countries: Latin America, South East Asia, India etc, design policy in Turkey, discussion of problems and opportunities.

Television Journalism


n most countries people spend more time infront of their TV sets. Whatever the audience share is majority of the population watch news bulletins and programs on televison. There is an ongoing debate as the presantation of news on television. Some broadcasters will maintain that news item should be fully researched and produced to traditonal standarts and technical quality. Oppenent will claim that the main purpose is to capture the breaking news event by whatever means possible. As an international medium, the news and the presenting of news in television broadcasting has an important role in the economic, social and cultural life of the public. The aim of this course is, how should be the selection, preparing and present of the news, in a world that war could be televisied. The course will also analyse; TV news ethics, the difference between private and official televisions news broadcasting, the agenda setting effetcs and the monopolization of TV stations and famous faces of the news.

Internet Journalism


The Internet and World Wide Web, have been a significant part of journalism since 1994. Several billion Web pages are available to the public. Most major organizations involved in journalism are dedicating amounts of money and staff to their Internet services. The new medium alter the relationship between journalism, news source and news consumer. Unlike the other medium, Web news consumer is not limited to viewing only what is in the contents of that product. The media can provide links to other sources also. The consumer can personalize and select their news coverage. The Internet provides new outlets for journalists to market and present their own work. Furthermore, if everything is going to be made available for free, then why should the public spend money on buying the same material? The main aim of this course is to analyze Internet Journalism under these titles.

Entertainment Media Research


In the digital era, yesterday, today and the future of entertainment media will be the main focus. The multidisciplinary approach of the course analyzes an investigation of an age-old-process -persuasion-in a relatively new guise that includes product placements, brand films, TV programs, motion graphics, and multimedia performances. A broad perspective focus on a variety of topics, including product placement, subliminal perception, narrative impact, cultivation effects on consumers, and individual differences in media use. Critically speaking to the issue of how entertainment media are processed, with the conclusion that media consumers do tend to process entertainment and promotional information differently.



Students begin to prepare a dissertation proposal under the supervision of a Dissertation Supervisor. Upon completion, the student presents the proposal to a Dissertation Proposal Defence Examining Committee for formal approval to proceed to the dissertation phase. The Ph.D. dissertation has to make an original and substantial contribution to a specific discipline. The students are expected to do independent and individual research which will form the major bulk of their work.
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