MCS 505 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Media, Power and Politics in Turkey*
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
MCS 505
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
7.5

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
Second Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives To provide the students with an historical account of relations between media and political power in the Turkish context.
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • make theoretical analysis on how social, political and economic circumstances in a society determine the role, effect and model of media in the same context.
  • make theoretical analysis on how transformations in political structures transform media models.
  • relate theoretical frameworks on media models to the Turkish experiences.
  • discuss the nature and the legacy of the Ottoman experiences as to the evolution of mediagovernment relations in Turkey.
  • discuss the place and the role of the media in the republican transformations as well as the relations between media and governments in the same period.
  • discuss how media influenced and be influenced by the transition to a multiparty period in the 1950s.
  • elaborate on the role in and attitudes of the media towards the military interventions and the media policies of the military regimes.
  • elaborate on the effects of political and economic liberalization in the post1980 period on the situation of media and its relations with the political authorities.
Course Content In addition to theoretical discussions on how the media is shaped by social, economic and political circumstances, starting from the late Ottoman period, the course examines how the Turkish media have affected and been affected by major sociopolitical and economic transformations that have taken place from the outset of the Republic.\n\n\n\n\nACADEMIC CAUTION\n\nAcademic 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. \n\nPlagiarism 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. \n\nA detailed informative guideline regarding plagiarism can be found here.\n\n Course Requirements: \n1-There will be a three-hour lecture on Thursdays from 18:30 to 21:30. The first two hours of the lecture will address the themes outlined below; the last hour will be a discussion hour from 20:30 to 21:30. Students will be expected to participate and contribute to discussions through their reading. Your in-class participation and response papers will account for 15 % of your overall mark for the course. \n2-Students are required to submit one essay (3000 words) during the year. Completion of the essay is a course requirement and non-completion of may result in withdrawal of permission to take the final examintion.\nMark for the essay will constitute 30% of marks for the course. A penalty of 5% points per day will be imposed for late submission of essays. \nDates for the submission of essay is: 18 April 2013. \n3-You are expected to do one presentation on one of the topics listed below. Presentation will constitute 15 % of marks for the course.\nEvaluation criteria for the presentation will be based on material used, structure of the presentation, critical evaluation of issues raised and analysis of the subject.\n4-Final exam ( 40 %) will be a sit-in exam. \n

 



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 Turkish Politics Basic Reading: Şerif Mardin, ‘Center-Periphery Relations: A Key to Turkish Politics?’ Daedalus, Vol. 102 (1973): 169-90. http://www.jstor.org/stable/20024114. Feroz Ahmad, The Making of Modern Turkey, Routledge, 1993, pp.1-72. Further Reading: Niyazi Berkes, The Development of Secularism in Turkey, Hurst & Company, London, 1964, pp.461-500. Zafer Yörük, ‘Identity Crisis in Turkey: A Genealogical Inquiry into the Exclusion of the Others’, Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrücken, 2010. M. Şükrü Hanioğlu, ‘Garbcılar: Their Attitudes toward Religion and Their Impact on the Official Ideology of the Turkish Republic’, Studia Islamica, No. 86 (1997), pp. 133-158. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1595808
3 The Republic’s Official Ideology: Kemalism Basic Reading: Paul Dumont, ‘The Origins of Kemalist Ideology’, in Jacob M. Landau, Atatürk and the Modernization of Turkey,Westview Press, E.J. Brill, 1984,pp.25-44; Further Reading: Mustafa Türkeş, ‘A Patriotic Leftist Development-Strategy Proposal in Turkey in the 1930s: The Case of the Kadro (Cadre) Movement’, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 33, No. 1 (Feb., 2001), pp. 91-114; Uygur Kocabaşoğlu, ‘Tek Parti “Matbuatı” Üzerine Gözlemler’, in in Mehmet Ö. Alkan, Tanıl Bora, Murat Koraltürk (Derleyenler), Mete Tunçaya’a Armağan, İletişim Yayınları, pp.573-602. S.N. Eisenstadt, ‘The Kemalist Regime and Modernization’, in Jacob M. Landau, Atatürk and the Modernization of Turkey,Westview Press, E.J. Brill, 1984, pp.3-16.
4 Modernity Basic Reading: Dankwart A. Rustow, ‘The Modernization in Turkey in Historical and Comparative Perspective’, in Kemal H. Karpat and Contributers, Social Change and Politics in Turkey, Leiden E.J. Brill, 1973, pp.93-122; Further Reading: Ömer Türkeş, ‘’Muhafazakar Romanlarda Muhafaza Edilen Neydi?’, in Modern Türkiye’de Siyasi Düşünce, Muhafazakarlık, Cilt 5, İletişim Yayınları, 2009, pp.590-603. Devrim Sezer, ‘The anxiety of cultural authenticity in Turkish communitarian thought: Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar and Peyami Safa on Europe and modernity’, History of European Ideas 36 (2010) 427–437, www.elsevier.com/locate/histeuroideas; Nilüfer Göle, Melez Desenler İslam ve Modernlik Üzerine, Metis, 2011; Ahmet O.Evin, ‘Novelists:New Cosmopolitanism versus Social Pluralism’, in Turkey and the West, M. Heper, A.Öncü and H. Kramer (eds), I.B Tauris & Co.Ltd, London, New York, 1993, pp.92-115; Timur, Taner (1991), Osmanlı-Türk Romanında Tarih, Toplum ve Kimlik, Afa Yayınları, İstanbul.
5 Nationalism and Far Right Basic Reading: Hugh Poulton, Top Hat, Grey Wolf and Crescent, Turkish Nationalism and Turkish Republic, Hurst & Company, London, 1997, pp. 130-167; Jacob M. Landau, Pan-Turkism: From Irredentism to Cooperation, London: Hurst & Company, 1995. Further Reading: Güney, A. (2006-07). Resmi Milliyetçilikten Popüler Milliyetçiliğe Geçiş: 1960 Sonrası Türk Sineması Üzerine Siyasal Bir Deneme. Doğu Batı, 39, 209-226. Tanıl Bora, Türk Sağının Üç Hali, Birikim Yayınları, 1999. Gregoire François Georgeon, Türk Mlliyetçiliğinin Kökenleri Yusuf Akçura 1876-1935, Tarih Vakfı Yurt Yayınları, 2005.
6 Mid-Term
7 Political Economy: Economic Development, Class Structures and Political Change Basic Reading: Çağlar Keyder, State and Class in Turkey, Verso, 1987. Further Reading: Doǧu Ergil, Class Relations and the Turkish Transformation in Historical Perspective, Studia Islamica, No. 39 (1974), pp. 77-94. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1595272; Boratav, K. (2005) Türkiye’de Toplumsal Sınıflar ve Bölüşüm, Ankara: İmge Kitabevi; Seda Demiralp, ‘The Rise of Islamic Capital and the Decline of Islamic Radicalism in Turkey’, Comparative Politics, Vol. 41, No. 3 (April 2009), pp. 315-335. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40599227.
8 Social Democracy, Socialism and the Radical Left Basic Reading: Kemal H. Karpat, ‘The Turkish Left’, Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 1, No. 2, (1966), pp. 169-186. http://www.jstor.org/stable/259929. Further Reading: Bülent Ecevit, ‘Labour in Turkey as a New Social and Political Force’ in Kemal H. Karpat and Contributers, Social Change and Politics in Turkey, Leiden E.J. Brill, 1973 pp.151-181. Arslan, U. T. (2001). Popüler Sinema ve Sol Siyaset. Mürekkep, 16, 8-28. Doğruöz, H. Ş. (2007). Sinemada 12 Eylül: Bellek Yitimine Direnmek ve Temsil Stratejileri. Birikim, 222, 68-80. Türkiye’de Solun ve Sol Düşüncenin Tarihi Üzerine’, in Mehmet Ö. Alkan, Tanıl Bora, Murat Koraltürk (Derleyenler), Mete Tunçaya’a Armağan, İletişim Yayınları, pp.253-539. Mete Tunçay, Türkiye’de Sol Akımlar Vol.I and Vol II, İletişim Yayınları, 2009.
9 Political Islam Basic Reading: M. Hakan Yavuz, ‘Political Islam and the Welfare (Refah) Party in Turkey’, Comparative Politics, Vol. 30, No. 1 (Oct., 1997), pp. 63-82. http://www.jstor.org/stable/422193 . Haldun Gülalp, ‘The Poverty of Democracy in Turkey: The Refah Party Episode’, New Perspectives on Turkey, Fall 1999, 35-59. Further Reading: Ahmet T. Kuru ‘Globalization and Diversification of Islamic Movements: Three Turkish Cases’, Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 120, No. 2 (Summer, 2005), pp. 253-274. http://www.jstor.org/stable/20202518; Ayse Öncü “Packaging Islam: Cultural Politics on the Landscape of Turkish Television”, in Public Culture, 8(1):51-71, 1995. Maktav, Hilmi (2010). Sinema ya da İlahi Aşk: İslami Sinemada Tasavvufi Yolculuklar. sinecine: Sinema Araştırmaları Dergisi, 1(2), 31-55; Cihan Aktaş, Bir Hayat Tarzı Eleştirisi: İslamcılık, Kapı, 2007.
10 Gender and Politics: Turkish Feminism Basic Reading: Nükhet Sirman, ‘Feminism in Turkey: A Short History’, New Perspectives on Turkey, 3/1, Fall 1989; Further Reading: Emel Sönmez, ‘Turkish Women in Turkish Literature of the 19th Century’, Die Welt des Islams, New Series, Vol. 12, Issue 1/3 (1969), pp. 1-73. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1570297; Z. Seda Özcan, ‘The Dual Identity of Roza Journal: Womanhood and Ethnicity in the Context of Kurdish Feminism’, TJP Turkish Journal of Politics Vol. 2 No. 2 Winter 2011; Sevda Alankuş, Türkiye’de Medya, Hegomonya ve Ötekinin Temsili”, Toplum ve Bilim, N.67 (1995): 76-111. Dönmez-Colin, G. (2008). Turkish Cinema: Identity, Distance and Belonging. London: Reaktion Books; Dönmez-Colin, G. (2006). Kadın, İslam ve Sinema (D. Koç, Çev.). İstanbul: Agora. Güçlü, Ö. (2010). Silent Representations of Women in the New Cinema of Turkey. sinecine: Sinema Araştırmaları Dergisi, 1(2), 71-85.
11 Turkish Nationalism and Minorities Basic Reading: Harris, Sarah (2008). Turkish Popular Cinema: National Claims, Transnational Flows. The International Journal of the Humanities, 6(3), 77-87. Further Reading: Baskın Oran, Türkiye'de Azınlıklar, İletişim, 2008;Mersin, S. (2010). Azınlık Filmleri: Tarihin Yeniden İnşası ve Kolektif Bellek. sinecine: Sinema Araştırmaları Dergisi, 1(2), 5-29. Mesut Yeğen, ‘The Kurdish Question in Turkish State Discourse’, Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 34, No. 4 (Oct., 1999), pp. 555-568. http://www.jstor.org/stable/261251 Films: Umut (Hope, 1970), Güz Sancısı (Pains of Autumn, 2009), Büyük Adam Küçük Aşk (Big Man Little Love, 2001), Dersim’in Kayıp Kızları (Two locks of hair: the missing girls of Dersim, 2015), Salkım Hanımın Taneleri (Mrs. Salkım's Diamonds, 1999), Bulutları Beklerken (Waiting for the Clouds, 2005)
12 Migration and Poverty Basic Reading: Bahattin Akşit, “Studies in Rural Transformation in Turkey. 1950-1990” in Culture and Economy, ed. Paul Stirling, Cambridge-shire: The Eothen Press, 1993: 171-185; Ayse Buğra, Poverty and Citizen-Ship: An Overview of the Social-Policy Environment in Republican Turkey, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 39, No. 1 (Feb., 2007), pp. 33-52. Further Reading: Maktav, H. (2001). Türk Sinemasında Yoksulluk ve Yoksul Kahramanlar. Toplum ve Bilim, 89, 161-189. Rifat N. Bali, Tarz-Hayattan Life Style'a Yeni Seçkinler, Yeni Mekânlar, Yeni Yaşamlar, İstanbul, İletişim, 2002 Necmi Erdoğan, Yok-sanma: Yoksulluk-Maduniyet ve “Fark Yaraları”, Yoksulluk Halleri, Ed. Necmi Erdoğan, De:ki, 2002, s.33-64 Türk sinemasında göç ve şehirleşme Gurbet Kuşları (Halit Refiğ, 1964) Gelin (Lütfi Akad, 1973). Diasporik Türk sineması Mercedes Mon Amour (Tunç Okan, 1987).
13 Presentations Student Presentations
14 Review of the term
15 Review of the Semester  
16 Review of the Semester  

 

Course Notes/Textbooks Must readings given in this information sheet.
Suggested Readings/Materials None

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
30
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
30
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
1
30
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
60
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
40
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical 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
16
5
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
25
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
10
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
1
30
Final Exam
    Total
193

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to improve and ultimately deepen the level of theoretical and practical knowledge acquired in the discipline of media and communication studies,

X
2

To be able to carry on learning and conduct advanced research independently by critically evaluating knowledge in the field of media and communication,

X
3

To be able to utilize theoretical and practical knowledge at an expert level in the field of media and communication when developing plans, strategies, and policies,

X
4

To be able to take responsibility in an individual capacity and as part of a team in generating solutions to unexpected problems that arise in the area of communication in daily life,

X
5

To be able to grasp the interdisciplinary qualities of media and communication studies,

X
6

To be able to combine the knowledge of the media and communication field with knowledge from various related disciplines to form new knowledge in order to utilize interdisciplinary approaches and research methods to solve critical problems,

X
7

To be able to critically investigate social relations and the forms and norms of communication that constitute these relations while being to take action to improve and, when necessary, change these relations,

X
8

To be able to act with special concern for social and scientific values, as well as ethical principles, during the collection, interpretation, and publication of data related to the field of media and communication, and to take action to disseminate these values,

X
9

To be able to reconstruct a problem in the media and communication field as an academic problem, in order to conduct research, generate methods of solution, and evaluate results,

X
10

To be able to make use of foreign language for learning new knowledge in the media and communication field and to communicate with foreign colleagues,

11

To be able to communicate systematically, in written, oral, and visual forms, contemporary developments in media and communication to groups inside and outside the discipline,

12

To be able to use computer software required by the discipline and to possess advanced level computing and IT skills.

X

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