GEHU 302 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Popular Culture
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
GEHU 302
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
6

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Service Course
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives This course to engage students in critically thinking about popular culture and its roles in society.
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • critically read popular cultural texts.
  • understand popular culture as an historical phenomenon.
  • comment on popular culture’s relationships to other types of culture and power.
  • discuss and critique popular culture in diverse cultural fields
  • discuss and critique a variety of approaches to the analysis of popular culture.
Course Content This course intends to analyze and discuss popular culture and its role in the world. We will scrutinize its major theories and contemporary discussions around it, and relate them with various recent works. We will also elaborate popular culture of Turkey and situate it within wider theoretical debates. The course consists of lectures, screenings and discussions revolving around critical analysis of and engagement with contemporary examples of film, television, adverts and new media.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Course Introduction: Why should we study popular culture?
2 What is popular culture? Why is the distinction between “popular” and “high” culture problematic? J. Storey, Cultural Theory and Popular Culture, London and New York: Routledge, 2018. Bölüm 1, S. 1-17.
3 Culture and Civilization Tradition Storey, Chapter 2, p. 17-35
4 Culturalism: Hoggart, Williams, Thompson, Hall and Whannel. Case study: The use of opera and classical music in advertisements J. Storey, Cultural Theory and Popular Culture, London and New York: Routledge, 2018. Chapter 3, P. 38-60.
5 Marxisms: Frankfurt School, Althusser, Gramsci, post-Marxism and cultural studies Screening: Popular music videos J. Storey, Cultural Theory and Popular Culture, London and New York: Routledge, 2018. Chapter 4, P.61-94.
6 Structuralism and Post-Structuralism Screening: Dances with Wolves (1990) J. Storey, Cultural Theory and Popular Culture, London and New York: Routledge, 2018. Chapter 6, P. 116-139.
7 Midterm exam I
8 Gender and Sexuality Case study: Bitch Magazine: A Feminist Response to Popular Culture J. Storey, Cultural Theory and Popular Culture, London and New York: Routledge, 2018. Chapter 8, P. 152-186.
9 Postmodernism: Postmodern Theories of Popular Culture; Art and Popular Culture J. Storey, Cultural Theory and Popular Culture, London and New York: Routledge, 2018. Bölüm 9, S.204-236.
10 Documentary/Film Screening
11 In-Class Writing Assignment
12 Psychoanalysis and Popular Culture Storey, Chapter 5, p. 91-111
13 Popular Culture and Politics Storey, Chapter 10, p. 213-237
14 Review of the term
15 Second Midterm II
16 Review of the Semester  

 

Course Notes/Textbooks

John Storey, Cultural Theory and Popular Culture. An Introduction. Pearson Longman, 2009 ISBN978-1-4058-7409-0

Suggested Readings/Materials

The course uses the sources that are listed above.

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
30
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
2
60
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
4
100
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
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
2
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
20
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
2
20
Final Exam
    Total
140

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

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

To be able to define and discuss the history, underlying concepts and theories of cinema and digital media.

2

To be able to develop a storytelling idea for cinema and digital media arts by using creativity and critical thinking.

3

To be able to operate specialized technical equipment and competently use software in the fields of cinema and digital media arts. 

4

To be able to execute the main tasks in the pre-production, production and post-production of an audio-visual work at the basic level including screenwriting, production planning, operating the camera, sound recording, lighting and editing.

5

To be able to perform a specialized task at an advanced level either for pre-production, production or post-production of an audio-visual work.

6

To be able to discuss how meaning is made through works of cinema and digital media; in what ways economics, politics and culture affect visual representation; how the conditions of production, consumption, distribution and interpretation shape images.

7

To be able to perform specialized tasks for creating digital media narratives with interactive elements.

8

To be able to conduct a critical analysis of a film or a work of digital media arts from technical, intellectual and artistic points of view.

9

To be able to take individual responsibility of a film or a digital media work from scratch to product in a problem-solving manner.

10

To be able to work as a crewmember by following norms of ethical conduct and taking initiative to improve the ethical standards of his/her working environment.

11

To be able to collect data in the areas of Cinema and Digital Media and communicate with colleagues in a foreign language ("European Language Portfolio Global Scale", Level B1).

12

To be able to speak a second foreign language at a medium level of fluency efficiently.

13

To be able to relate the knowledge accumulated throughout the human history to their field of expertise.

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