MED 505 Seminer


MED 505

Seminar I

Course Title: MED 505 Seminar I

Instructor: Assoc. Prof. Halil Nalçaoğlu (Santral E4-107; (212) 311 7716;; office hours: Tue. 17-19 & Thu. 13-15)


The two semesters long zero-credit seminars are designed as a platform for media research. Being one of the “core courses” of the Program, MED 505 will also be the gathering occasion for all students who will have first hand information on the goings on of the Program.

Objectives and Learning Goals:

The Seminar has four  goals. First and foremost, the students will be prepared for their MA theses. In this sense, they will get to know the people of the Department of M&CS closely, and decide the faculty with whom they might consider working toward their MA theses. Also, the students will be trained toward writing a sound thesis proposal. The second goal of the Seminar will be to teach basic social science philosophy . Thirdly, the Seminar is to review published research in the field of media studies to, first, get to know the field, and second, to acquire information with regard to their own research for the thesis. Lastly, the Seminar will act as a platform for a longitudinal research program. This last goal is especially demanding for the first year of our Program because we will have to establish something that will, hopefully, last longer than the students’ presence in this institution. In addition to all of these, the course can also be considered as the ground for preparation for a future Ph.D. for those students who would like to pursue an academic career

By succesfully completing the year-long semainar, the students will

  • learn basics of philosophy of social sciences;
  • review media research;
  • act as the researchers of a longitudinal research designed by themselves;
  • write down a thesis proposal.

Required (and Supplementary) Texts and Readings:

Fay, Brian. Contemporary Philosophy of Social Science: A Multicultural Approach, New York: Blackwell 1996.

Fay, Brian. Çağdaş Sosyal Bilimler Felsefesi: Çokkültürlü Bir Yaklaşım, İstanbul: Ayrıntı 2001

Grading and Assessment:

The students will be assessed on pass/fail basis. “Fail” grade will be given if a student…

  • fails to produce a sound thesis proposal;
  • fails to attend more than 20% of classes;
  • does not involve in the research program to be carried out in the Seminar;
  • does not participate in Seminar discussions and/or fails to read a reasonable amount of the reading material.

Calendar and Readings:

Fall Semester 2009

Week Topic and Readings
Week 1

Oct. 7, 2009

Introduction and logistics of the course
Week 2

Oct. 14, 2009

Reading: Fay Chp. 1 (Oct. 17 Deadline for  Add/Drop Period)
Week 3

Oct. 21, 2009

Reading: Fay Chp. 2

On-line Research, Serdar Katipoğlu lecture

The lecture is concerned with how ideas are produced, stored and disseminated.

The history of ideas technologies will be evaluated in the case of Hypertext.

Reproductive technology such as books and e-resources will be discussed within their historical development.

Finally, theories of information society will be investigated to understand  today’s society.

Week 4

Oct. 28, 2009

Reading: Fay Chp. 3 Holiday
Week 5

Nov. 4, 2009

Reading: Fay Chp. 4 Yalçın Arı

Bernie Grummell

The Educational Character of Public Service Broadcasting: From Cultural Enrichment to Knowledge Society
European Journal of Communication 2009 24: 267-285.

Week 6

Nov. 11, 2009

Reading: Fay Chp. 5 Sevcan Çelik

Everyone Needs Idols: Reality Television and Transformations in Media Structure, Production and Output
European Journal of Communication 2009 24: 287-304.

Sema Topbaş

Communication Theory Re-Collection: A Proposal for Refining the Study of Collective Memory and its Places (p 311-336)
Roger C. Aden, Min Wha Han, Stephanie Norander, Michael E. Pfahl, Timothy P. Pollock Jr., Stephanie L. Young
Published Online: Jul 23 2009

Week 7

Nov. 18, 2009

Reading: Fay Chp. 6
Week 8

Nov. 25, 2009

Reading: Fay Chp. 7 Esra Çizmeci

Dara N. Greenwood and Christopher R. Long
Psychological Predictors of Media Involvement: Solitude Experiences  and the Need to Belong
Communication Research 2009 36: 637-654.

Büşra Kırmızıoğlu

Language style and lifestyle: the case of a global magazine Media, Culture & Society, Volume 27, Number 4 (July 2005).

Week 9

Dec. 2, 2009

Reading: Fay Chp. 8 Gülten Aslan

Counterframing Public Dissent: An Analysis of Antiwar Coverage in the U.S. Media

Adam G. Klein; Carolyn M. Byerly; Tony M. McEachern, Critical Studies in Media Communication, 26: 4, 331 — 350.

Beyhan Sunal

Open Sourcing Our Way to an Online Commons: Contesting Corporate Impermeability in the New Media Ecology

Kate Milberry and Steve Anderson

Journal of Communication Inquiry 2009; 33; 393 originally published online Jul 30, 2009.

Week 10

Dec. 9, 2009

Reading: Fay Chp. 9 Deniz Gökçe

Irmak Yeşilada

Public trust in the PR industry and its actors. Larsa°ke Larsson Journal of Communication Management Vol. 11 No. 3, 2007

pp. 222-234.

Selda Hızal

NGOs and ‘modernization’ and ‘democratization’ of media

Situating media assistance by James Miller

Hampshire College, USA Global Media and Communication [1742-7665(2009)5:1] Volume 5(1): 9–33

(Dec. 11 Withdrawal Deadline)

Week 11

Dec. 16, 2009

Reading: Fay Chp. 10 Simge Tezel

The Effects of Frustration, Violence, and Trait Hostility After Playing a Video Game

Kevin D. Williams Mass Communication and Society, 12:291–310.

Tanyeli Güler

New Beginnings: Racing Histories, Democracy and Media Reform


University of Pennsylvania International Journal of Communication 3 (2009), 23-41

Week 12

Dec. 23, 2009

Reading: Fay Chp. 11 Onur Berk Arslanoğlu

Merve Yasemin Tükelay

Week 13

Dec. 30, 2009

Güneş Kurum

Television : “Don’t just watch it, live it” — technology, corporate partnerships and The Hills by Elizabeth Affuso.

Jump cut: A Review of Contemporary Media

Ayça Aydın

Week 14

Jan. 6, 2009

Hande Dinç

Constructing European Identity Through Mediated Difference: A

Content Analysis of Turkey’s EU Accession Process in the British Press

By Agnes I. Schneeberger. University Of Leeds, United Kingdom

Merve Erbahar

Dynamics of Individual Television Viewing Behavior: Models, Empirical Evidence, and a Research Program
Anke Wonneberger;  Klaus Schoenbach; Lex van Meurs
Communication Studies, Volume 60 Issue 3 2009, Pages 235 – 252.

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