MED 516 Spor ve Medya


MED 516

Sports and Media

Instructor: Assist. Prof. Itır Erhart (Santral E4-107, (212) 3117720;

Office Hours: Thursdays 14.00-16.00

Course Title: MED 516 Sports and Media


This course aims to examine the effects sport and media have on each other as well as the effect sports media has on society.  Under this umbrella, issues such as media’s role in promoting sports, its influence on sportsmanship will also be considered.  Sports journalism as a profession will also be examined. The course will focus on the ethical dilemmas faced by sports journalists and as well as on the portrayal of race, gender, nationalism, ethnicity and disability in sports columns.

Learning Outcome:

Upon the successful completion of the course the students will be able to:, develop an understanding of ethical issues in sports journalism, think critically about the role of sports media on society, understand the history and contributions of women and minorities to sports media, understand how athletes have been portrayed by sports journalists and analyze sports coverage in print media as well as within the narrative of television news and internet culture.

Required (and Supplementary) Texts and Readings:

Please see the weekly modules below.

Grading and Assessment:

Term project 80%, attendance and participation 20%

Calendar and Readings:

Fall Semester 2011

Week Topic and Readings
Week 1

Sept. 27, 2011

Week 2

Oct. 4, 2011

Gender (Un)Equality

An Agenda That Sets the Frames: Gender, Language, and NBC’s Americanized Olympic Telecast, Billings C. & Anjelini, J.

Week 3

Oct. 11, 2011

Gender (Un)Equality

Establishing and Challenging Masculinity: The Influence of Gendered Discourses in Organized Sport, McCormack, M., Anderson, E.

Media Portrayals of Male and Female Athletes, King, C.

Week 4

Oct. 18, 2011


‘Does your boyfriend know you’re here’ The Spatiality of homophobia in men’s football culture in the UK, Caudwell, J.

Week 5

Oct.  25, 2011


Televised Sports, Masculinist Moral Capital, and Support for the U.S. Invasion of Iraq, Stempel, C.

Week 6

Nov. 1, 2011


MEDIA IMAGE: Sport, Gender and National Identities in Five European Countries, Van der Lippe, G.

Nov. 8, 2011 NO CLASS
Week 7

Nov. 15, 2011


Football: Forging Nationhood and Masculinities in Costa Rica, Sandoval-Garcia, C

Week 8

Nov.22, 2011

The Disabled Sporting Body

Paralympic Media and the `Production’ of Elite Disability, P. David Howe

Perceptions of Disability and their Impact upon Involvement in Sport for People with Disabilities at all Levels, Ian Brittain

Week 9

Nov.29, 2011

Sports & Islam

DAUGHTERS OF ISLAM, Family Influences on Muslim Young Women’s Participation in Sport, Kay, T.

Sport and Belonging, Walseth, K.

Week 10

Dec. 6, 2009

Sports & Race

Stages of the global: Media, sport, racialization and the last temptation of Zinadine Zidane, Rowe, D.

Week 11

Dec. 13, 2009

Research, Discussion & Writing

Possible Topics: Female only Fenerbahce match on 20.09.2011

Turkey, Islam & Sports

Week 12

Dec. 20, 2011

Research, Discussion & Writing
Week 13

Dec. 27, 2011

Research, Discussion & Writing

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