Course Title: MED 505 Seminar I
Instructor: Assoc. Prof. Halil Nalçaoğlu (Santral E4-107; (212) 311 7716; firstname.lastname@example.org; 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|
Oct. 7, 2009
|Introduction and logistics of the course|
Oct. 14, 2009
|Reading: Fay Chp. 1||(Oct. 17 Deadline for Add/Drop Period)|
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.
Oct. 28, 2009
|Reading: Fay Chp. 3||Holiday|
Nov. 4, 2009
|Reading: Fay Chp. 4||Yalçın Arı
The Educational Character of Public Service Broadcasting: From Cultural Enrichment to Knowledge Society
Nov. 11, 2009
|Reading: Fay Chp. 5||Sevcan Çelik
Everyone Needs Idols: Reality Television and Transformations in Media Structure, Production and Output
Communication Theory Re-Collection: A Proposal for Refining the Study of Collective Memory and its Places (p 311-336)
Nov. 18, 2009
|Reading: Fay Chp. 6|
Nov. 25, 2009
|Reading: Fay Chp. 7||Esra Çizmeci
Dara N. Greenwood and Christopher R. Long
Language style and lifestyle: the case of a global magazine Media, Culture & Society, Volume 27, Number 4 (July 2005).
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.
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.
Dec. 9, 2009
|Reading: Fay Chp. 9||Deniz Gökçe
Public trust in the PR industry and its actors. Larsa°ke Larsson Journal of Communication Management Vol. 11 No. 3, 2007
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)
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.
New Beginnings: Racing Histories, Democracy and Media Reform
C. RILEY SNORTON
University of Pennsylvania International Journal of Communication 3 (2009), 23-41
Dec. 23, 2009
|Reading: Fay Chp. 11||Onur Berk Arslanoğlu
Merve Yasemin Tükelay
Dec. 30, 2009
Television : “Don’t just watch it, live it” — technology, corporate partnerships and The Hills by Elizabeth Affuso.
Jump cut: A Review of Contemporary Media
Jan. 6, 2009
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
Dynamics of Individual Television Viewing Behavior: Models, Empirical Evidence, and a Research Program