B.A. in Communication and Design

Modern media is a leading force in the contemporary process of globalization. The Department of Communication and Design aims to educate media professionals, with a special emphasis on visual communication and visual technologies, specifically in the fields of filmmaking, video and TV production, journalism, visual design, interactive media, and advertising.

Students are provided with a wide range of courses in media studies, theories, and practice, like interpersonal communication and individual presentation, forms and techniques of public and mass communication, visual design and visual studies, basic computer and Internet knowledge, advertising, marketing, and public relations. The visual design and communication courses in practical fields such as photography, television, computer, and video are conducted in computer labs with the most developed visual design programs, photography studios, and a very well-equipped digital video production studio. Since the department’s philosophy is to educate both creative and responsible media professionals, it also includes several must and elective courses on the ethical, legal and social problems related to mass communication.

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EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

1. Graduates of the Department will be the next generation of knowledgeable and responsible media professionals and scholars.
2. Graduates of the Department will contribute with high quality, innovative works, creative design storytelling and leadership across a broad spectrum of areas in all production platforms to a growing, global network of media professionals.
3. Graduates of the Department are distinguished collaborators with their knowledge and appreciation of art and design of all media platforms.

CURRICULUM

FIRST YEAR
Fall Semester
COMD 101 Visual Communication Design I
An elementary introduction to the principles of visual design and communication. Concepts of form, pattern, color, composition, and function. Basic problem-solving strategies in two-dimensional design. Development of visual awareness and visual literacy. Theories of perception, Gestalt and design dynamics.
FA 171 Introduction to Art and Culture I
Part of the two-semester course (FA 171 and FA 172) to develop a historical and critical sensibility about artistic and cultural production, focusing on themes like the correlation between Art and Culture, the terminology and institutions that define the arts, historical background of the arts, paintings, sculpture, architecture, design, and popular culture. At the end of these courses, a fair knowledge of and a critical perspective on concepts, values, and the relationship of art and culture.
CS 153 Introduction to Computer Graphics I
Basics of computer literacy. Basics of file systems, image formats and compression methods. Basics of raster and vector images and related software. Basic application of design principles to the digital medium.
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
Introduces students to the subject matter, major concepts, and theoretical approaches of sociology. Includes readings in the works of both classical and modern theorists. Emphasis is on social organization and stratification, community, power, social change.
ENG 101 English and Composition I
The central basis of ENG 101 is to introduce students to an academic approach to thinking, reading, speaking and writing in an integrated, meaningful manner such that they are able to apply the skills learnt to their departmental studies. In addition, the ENG 101 course aims to further develop the students’ linguistic accuracy and range in English.
TURK 101 Turkish I
This course is the first of a sequence of two courses designed to develop creative writing skills of the students through their own writings in Turkish. It is an active learning course. Students write their own blogs and instructors comment and send feedback about the creativity, content, composition, grammar, spelling and punctuation of the writing regularly.
GE 100 Orientation
Introduction to university’s academic and social environment by series of activities. Talks by university administrators and guest speakers, workshops, concerts, and tours of departments. Sports centers, computing facilities, and library also part of the orientation program. Complete set of activities and required minimum in orientation book. Mandatory for first-year students.

Spring Semester
COMD 102 Visual Communication Design II
Traditional media approaches and contemporary digital applications incorporated to solve problems within the visual arts. Advanced uses of form, pattern, color, composition and function to solve both two-dimensional and three-dimensional problems. Usage of different visual forms through photography, illustration, typography and graphic design.
FA 172 Introduction to Art and Culture I
Part of the two-semester course (FA 171 and FA 172) to develop a historical and critical sensibility about artistic and cultural production, focusing on the social function of art, Modernism, Art and the unconscious, Pop Art, Postmodernism, photography, film and television and digital media and multimedia. Development of a keen awareness of visual environment in a theoretical and practical way by applying the concepts given in the lectures and readings to visual and symbolic environment.
CS 154 Introduction to Computer Graphics II
Basics of web sites with digital text, image, video and links. Basics of Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and JavaScript (JS). Basics of web browsers. Basics of web page design and interaction principles.
ENG 102 English and Composition II
The central basis of ENG 102 is to consolidate students’ academic approach to thinking, reading, speaking and writing and language usage, as initiated in ENG 101. In addition, the ENG 102 course aims to develop the students’ abilities to synthesize and evaluate information and conduct basic, independent research.
PSYC 102 Introduction to Social Psychology
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the nature and causes of individual behavior in social situations; to identify the factors that shape feelings, behavior and thought. The topics to be covered include: the research methods of social psychology, social perception, social cognition, attitudes, prejudice/discrimination, interpersonal attraction, social influence, aggression, individual behavior in groups, and applications of social psychology in health, the legal system and the work setting (organizations).
TURK 102 Turkish II
This course is the second of a sequence of two courses designed to develop creative writing skills of the students through their own writings in Turkish. It is an active learning course. Students write their own blogs and instructors comment and send feedback about the creativity, content, composition, grammar, spelling and punctuation of the writing regularly.
SECOND YEAR
Fall Semester
COMD 281 Media and Design Studio I
Emphasizing design and visual thinking in combination with digital storytelling in a studio and project-based learning environment. The course involves conceptualization and problem-solving strategies using a variety of media and materials. Students expand their digital studio skill set as they further develop their own visual language.
COMD 203 Media Studies I
Communication as a process: Code, massage, sign, medium and context. Theories and models of communication: Linguistics, semiotics, and engineering models. Encoding and decoding, analog and digital codes. Convention and use. Lateral, symbolic and metaphorical communication; visual metaphors.
COMD 210 Introduction to Screenwriting
Basic notions of classical narrative scriptwriting such as character, structure, plot, dialogue, genre, and theme, as well as textual elements of audio-visual forms such as documentary, experimental and multimedia presentations. Proper script formatting, dialogue writing, pitching ideas, and proposal writing. Completion of one short script and a proposal for a second audio-visual project.
CS 155 Interactive Media Design & Development
Practical and theoretical fundamentals of design and the implementation of interactive multimedia systems. Basic principles of human-computer interaction and interaction design, including gaming, live audio and video processing, motion detection, gesture recognition, tangible media, and interactive spaces.
HUM 111 Cultures Civilizations and Ideas I
This half of the year-long course “Cultures, Civilizations, and Ideas” introduces students to the study of culture and civilization through a close reading of primary texts in the ancient traditions of the Near East and the Mediterranean. It also introduces students to more modern critical readings and discussion of the value and weight of this tradition. The course aims to provide students with an understanding of the ancient roots of literary craft and philosophical thought and to enhance the student’s ability in interpretative and critical reasoning. Successful completion of the course requires careful and timely reading of assigned texts, essay writing, and active participation in class discussion. Grading is based on a course project, a mid-term examination or term paper, a comprehensive final examination, reading quizzes, and class participation. Required texts include Epic of Gilgamesh; Freud: Civilization and Its Discontents; Homer: Iliad; Sophocles: Theban Plays; Plato: Republic; and a course reader of other shorter works and critical essays.
GE 250 Collegiate Activities Program I
Ground for students to engage in diversity, creativity and commitment outside coursework. Participation in various activities provided mainly by student clubs. Student activity in designing and shaping courses as well as monitoring and grading performance. Grading based on points accumulated by participation in activities. Mandatory for four-year students and to be taken in the third semester. Prerequisite of GE 251, non-credit, pass/fail course.

Spring Semester
COMD 282 Media and Design Studio II
A continuation of COMD 281 with a concentration on the cinematographic image in various media and digital environments integrating concepts of digital photography and moving image production in project-based learning.
COMD 204 Media Studies II
Introduces major critical theories in media and cultural studies. Social, technological and aesthetic contexts of visual and mass media. Surveillance, mediated environments, media technologies, media industries, audiences and spectatorship, media professions.
COMD 207 History of Film and Media
History of cinema from its invention to the digital era. Major breakthroughs, significant movements and genres in cinema, as well as style and meaning, elements of film narrative, and filmmaking techniques. The historical, political, and cultural context of the movies.
HUM 112 Cultures Civilizations and Ideas II
The second half of the year-long course “Cultures, Civilizations and Ideas”, continues the study of culture through an examination of texts through the periods of the Late Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Enlightenment, and up to modern times. The course focuses on several themes, most importantly, the concepts of Modernity and Knowledge, Individualism, Cross-Cultural Contact, Social Order, and Disorder. As in HUM 111, close reading and discussion of primary texts is the vehicle for the course. Grading is based on a course project, a mid-term examination or term paper, a comprehensive final examination, reading quizzes, and class participation. Required authors include, among others: Machiavelli, Shakespeare, Descartes, Rousseau, Hegel, Marx, Kafka.
MATH 103 Introductory Mathematics
Critical thinking and problem solving. Set theory. Logic; inductive and deductive reasoning. The real number system, integers, rational and irrational numbers. Exponents and scientific notation, roots. Algebraic equations and inequalities. Linear and quadratic equations. Functions and graphs; graph reading. Exponential, logarithmic, and quadratic functions.
GE 251 Collegiate Activities Program II
Second part of GE 250/251 sequence. Total points accumulated during GE 250 and GE 251 converted to a letter grade.
THIRD YEAR
Fall Semester
COMD 381 Media and Design Studio III
This is a studio course, which introduces a film & video production model and workflow in a digital environment. Students will explore various cinematic forms; develop visual narratives and artistic practices through collaborative projects.
COMD 321 Analysis of Moving Image
Cinematic language, which has extended into a variety of visual media, including television. Mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing, sound-image relationships, narrative and non-narrative forms, with attention to both dominant practices (Hollywood) and alternatives. Use of these concepts in conjunction with critical writing skills to analyze moving image texts.
COMD 341 Media and Society
The media as a major social institution, the relationship between media and society. The production and reception of media content, the impact of media over other institutions, society, and culture as well as the effects over individual behavior. Questions of control and ownership, public and private media. Mass culture and popular culture. Different forms and genres of media, fictional and news material. Propaganda and ideological influence. The impact of new technologies of communication.
ECON 103 Principles of Economy
Introduces the basic concepts of microeconomics and macroeconomics, supply and demand analysis, and economic theories. The implications of economics in regards to social issues and the role of economics in the field of communication and advertising are discussed.
COMD 290 Summer Practice I
Summer internship to give students an experience in the organization, structure and working of the creative industries over a minimum of 4 weeks.
Restricted Elective
The students should take one restricted elective this term.

Spring Semester
COMD 382 Media and Design Studio IV
A continuation of COMD 381 as a combined studio and production environment from classic to innovative creative forms, advancing film and video production skill sets through increasingly complex narrative and non-narrative projects.
COMD 356 Digital Culture
The rapid development of information and communication technologies has introduced new structures of thinking to reflect on political, social, economic, and cultural realms of the globe. New communication media as the initiator of media revolutions accelerate social change. Information monopoles breaks and differences of knowledge decrease. But at the same time the amounts of information and the risk of disinformation increase. This course will introduce and discuss selected media theories in the context of the societal change to a media culture.
ENG 312 Introduction to Creative Writing
Based on students’ accumulated knowledge of elements and technical underpinnings of literary genres, this course aims to help students gain a deeper practical and theoretical understanding of their own values and aspirations as writers of English. Students are expected to improve their written expression in terms of style, language, vocabulary, and creativity with a specific focus on metaphorical and figurative aspects of language. Taught in a workshop-based environment the course emphasizes how the process of pre-writing, writing, and revision can lead to fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Assignments will encourage the creation and revision of drafts and will give students the opportunity to experiment, practice, edit/improve their work, and discuss one another’s work in the course forums.
HIST 200 History of Turkey
This course focuses on aspects of Turkey’s history with an emphasis on research. It is designed as an interactive course with the objective to investigate events, chronologically short historical periods, as well as historic representations.
Restricted Elective
The students should take one restricted elective this term.
FOURTH YEAR
Fall Semester
COMD 481 Visual Communication Project
The first phase of the fourth-year capstone project required of all COMD majors. Project relying on students’ skills in project planning, media integration, and production and/or research techniques. Evaluation of plan as part of the course performance assessment. Through practical exercises and applications to major component media including computer text, graphics, photography, animation, speech, sound, and video. Technical and human interface issues
COMD 471 Media Ethics
A survey of the current ethical problems and issues in reporting, editing and broadcasting moral principles, legal regulations and their application to these problems. Examination of case studies with special emphasis on questions of privacy and freedom of information.
COMD 390 Summer Practice II
Summer internship in which students participate actively in professional audiovisual media productions and make detailed observations of these productions’ planning as well as their media integration strategies, techniques, and tools. Improvement of skills in teamwork and production/client relations. Minimum time commitment of 4 weeks.
Restricted Elective (2)
The students should take two restricted electives this term.
Social Science and Humanities Elective
The students should take one social science and humanities elective this term.

Spring Semester
COMD 482 Visual Communication Project II
Introduction to planning, media integration, and production techniques and tools of interactive multimedia. Through practical exercises exposition to major component media including computer text, graphic, photography, animation, speech, sound, and video. Technical and human interface issues.
COMD 422 Advanced Issues in Comm. Studies
This course is designed to introduce students to advanced issues in communication studies and recent research. Topics to be covered may include: revisiting the communication process; audience groups and different interpretations of media messages; ratings system; media practice and democracy; issues of identification, image and visuality; internet, cyberspace and the impact of recent technologies; digital cinema and digital television; interactive media and media art.
Restricted Elective (2)
The students should take two restricted electives this term.
Social Science and Humanities Elective
The students should take one social science and humanities elective this term.

 

Restricted Electives

AMER 303 Film Studies in Amer. Culture to 1960
AMER 303 Film Studies in Amer. Culture to 1960
AMER 304 Film Stud. in Amer. Culture Since 1960
This course is designed to introduce students to American film history and culture, including issues pertaining to aesthetic analysis, film genres, and issues of representation from 1960 to the present.
COMD 212 Principles of Visual Comm. Design
Exploration of visual design together with typography used as an effective key element of communication-based on theoretical and practical knowledge. Visual communication design and typographic principles, layout, and expressive typography are covered by implementing the design thinking process. Awareness of visual identification is explored through lectures, discussions, screenings, critiques, and presentations.
COMD 305 Intermediate Film Production I
Through various kinds of digital video projects, development of teamwork skills and learning the professional production process including pre-production, cinematography, and post-production, as well as production planning, shooting and editing, basic sound recording and design. Preparation of a digital portfolio for final evaluation.
COMD 306 Intermediate Film Production II
A continuation of COMD 305, advancing video production and directing skills. The emphasizing time management and project design. Improvement of skills in digital video post-production through increasingly complex projects.
COMD 308 Multi-camera Prod. & Live-Recording
An introduction course to multi-camera operation and TV production techniques for live performance recordings. Various kinds of practical exercises, demonstrations, shootings and real-live situations for live music and performance video. Proficiency in pre-production and production activities, recorded and live performance, technical execution, written and practical examinations, as well as submitted written documents and additional assignments.
COMD 310 Advanced Screenwriting
Art of story-telling, increasing awareness of memory, observation, and interpersonal relationships through the construction of narrative form for the screen. The ways in which an audience can be manipulated through the use of language. Themes with stories drawn from experience and conventions, problems, and possibilities of screenwriting.
COMD 322 Film Theory and Criticism
Key debates in film theory, covering concepts such as genre, auteurism, ideology, psychoanalysis, subjectivity, national and transnational cinemas, spectatorship and reception discussed in relation to film language, including narrative, mise-en-scene, cinematography, sound, and editing.
COMD 331 News Reporting and Writing
News reporting and production techniques of radio and television. Gathering information, editing and writing under strict deadlines in order to prepare the student for a professional position. News values, and responsibilities. Basic news writing and style principles, interviewing techniques.
COMD 335 Science Writing and Journalism
Improvement of communication skills to cover science news and reach general public. Analysis of scientific journal findings, reporting and writing science/technology news stories to inform the lay audience.
COMD 342 Popular Culture
An awareness of how popular culture operates in specific ways. Popular narrative and entertainment forms in contrast with “high culture.” Impact of cultural forms on audiences and a critical study of theories of popular culture. Significant cases from literature, press, film, television, and new media.
COMD 346 Introduction to Advertising
Basics of advertising: its functions, and how to plan and produce advertisements. Role of advertising in marketing communications, advertising institutions and media, and its retail aspects, with a theoretical foundation in economics, ethics, and social aspects.
COMD 350 Radio Programming and Production
This course aims to acquaint the student with the techniques and aesthetics of audio production including radio broadcasting, audio for television, and multimedia production such as podcasts. Emphasis will be placed on scripting, editing, and production of several program forms. Introducing the concepts, technology, and skills behind audio production, the course will give a firm foundation in broadcasting and multi-media production.
COMD 354 Game Design and Research
Introduction to games as a cultural phenomenon and a media form in a historical context. An analytical approach to game mechanics and dynamics. Fundamentals of game development with the implementation of iterative design methodologies.
COMD 355 Social Media Marketing
Social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest that drive contemporary marketing practices. Use of social media as a marketing tool with case studies, best-practice methodology, and current news items. A digital strategy combined with traditional media to influence purchasing decisions, and to develop comprehensive digital and social media marketing plans
COMD 357 Multimedia Journalism
An understanding of digital journalism by introducing current discussions in online media, emerging digital technologies, data visualization. Development of online and multimedia reporting skills by actively contributing to the class website, writing beat blogs, taking photographs, and creating short video and audio components for reports. Access to a smartphone or audio and video equipment is required.
COMD 361 Sound Design I
Audio in relation to visual media through basic audio production and post-production techniques for video and film. Skill development in sound recording both in-studio and on location, covering signal processing, digital audio editing, and mixing.
COMD 362 Sound Design II
Continuation of Sound Design I. Advanced audio post-production techniques for video and film. Components and creative potential of sound design in order to enhance communication through artistic and expressive uses of sound.
COMD 363 Music and Media
Media shapes the production, distribution, and consumption of music. Theories and practices of music and related technologies in media. A variety of perspectives including artistic, industrial, and cultural dimensions.
COMD 365 Character Anim. & Seq. Storytelling
Highlighting concept development and storytelling methods in a studio and project-based learning environment. The course involves exploring animation as a limitless storytelling medium through considering both traditional and non-traditional narrative storytelling. Developing projects using pre-production methods including; character design, storyboarding techniques, color scripting, and advancing to experimentations in various animation styles and technique combinations. Students acquire both digital and manual tools to create effective sequential visual stories.
COMD 409 Advanced Broadcast Studio
Expands on the skills developed in the design and production-related courses of the curriculum including multi-camera and live streaming. Building on the camera work, editing, writing, and producing, work to create and produce original online programming and production including live streaming.
COMD 424 Media Theory and Methods
Various advanced methods of studying media: semiology, content analysis, theories of identification, audience studies and ethnographies, and economics of media. Design and conduct of an independent research project in a specific area of media studies.
COMD 433 Gender and Media
Representation of masculinity and femininity in the media. Gender bias and stereotypes in the portrayal of gender in film, television, internet and print media. Gendered audiences and gender differences in media reception. Issues of pornography and censorship, in the use of women’s images in advertising and marketing. The role of media transforming as well as perpetuating gender inequality.
COMD 434 Special Topics in Journalism
Advanced topics in journalism to deepen students’ critical understanding of the field. The complicated nature of fact, truth and evidence; journalism contexts; privacy and publicity; ethics; news agendas; technological change; and journalism applied to specific areas like science, culture, business, and politics.
COMD 435 Documentary
Basic knowledge of the history and forms of documentary cinema. Sub-genres and modes of documentary from its emergence to the digital era, with particular attention to newly emerging digital modes of documentary.
COMD 436 Television Genres
Television’s role as a cultural, social, political, and industrial force. Evolution of television and strategies for critical inquiry into its nature as a medium, exploring the uses and limitations of genre theory as applied to television, format adaptations, and interactive television.
COMD 437 Post-production Techniques
A variety of film and media post-production techniques, including 3D integrations, animation, and green-box installations. Completion of a group project that puts these techniques into practice.
COMD 438 Adaptation in Media
This course focuses on adaptation of content across media: film, literature, television, theater, games, comics, graphic novels. Explores how adaptation has helped build media franchises with global influence. Issues in cross-cultural adaptation, developments in adaptation theory, and critical approaches to adapted texts.
COMD 439 International Public Relations
The impact of public relations in an international context, including community and nation-building, relationship management, and multi-national entities. Case studies and examples from different countries to gain an in-depth understanding about how cultural context might influence public relations practices.
COMD 442 Special Topics in Visual Studies
Directing Actors course offers instruction and practice in the basics of directing actors for the camera and will guide the students to understand the actor’s creative process of building the character. It will introduce students to on-camera performance in various genres and will address the technical requirements of directing the TV and film actor such as blocking, playing to the camera, shooting out of sequence, and other production considerations. The course includes significant on-camera scene-work, character development, script analysis; breaking down the screenplay into a lined script, a storyboard and a shot list. Casting, rehearsal technique, and blocking issues will be explored in depth. Readings, exercises, screenings, and other assignments are designed to sharpen the director’s narrative and visual awareness. Through observations and reviewing of the video recordings of exercises following scene study practices, this course will familiarize students with the collaborative and creative director/crew/actor relationship on set.
COMD 451 Creative Project Design & Development
Exploration of basic creative project design and development techniques in terms of process efficiency and the role of creativity when working with specific limitations and restrictions of time and budget. Consideration of the drastic change currently taking place in the methods of funding, marketing, and distribution due to the effects of a new generation of media. Completion of a research project on various aspects of creative project design and also working on the development of a visual project, from the conception of an idea or acquisition of the rights to a text, to correctly identifying the target audience and outlet in order to create the marketing/distribution strategy for the project. Presentation of final projects in the form of complete project proposals.
COMD 461 Public Rel. & Comm. Campaigns
Theory and practice of public relations and public communication. PR and opinion research, communication process and building effective campaign strategy. Case studies in PR and public communication, commercial and political advertising, humanitarian campaigns. Ethical considerations and impact on society.
COMD 462 Special Topics in Advertising
Study of selected advanced topics in advertisement production and research focusing on various media application and future developments. Creativity and diversity, advertising research and planning of campaigns, generating ideas and strategy, copywriting for television, radio and direct marketing.
GRA 215 Computer Graphics for Film and TV I
This course promises to face students with real-life graphic problems & solutions of TV and theatrical movie world, from commercial graphics to main title design for movies. The exploration will not only stay in theoretical terms but also challenge technical aspects of the process, expecting students to utilize their former learned skills on typography, lettering, drawing, and their sense of time. The idea of what is “vendible” and “rich” in the entertainment graphics world will be infused to the students.
GRA 217 Motion Graphics
Introduction to motion graphics, including history, categories, techniques, and applications of motion graphics and animation basics as well as design and composition, storyboarding, sound and music adjustment on time-based media.
GRA 218 Essentials of Photography
Introduction to basic principles and techniques of photography covering darkroom techniques and processes.
GRA 315 Info. Design and Data Visualization
Studio course focusing on expanding students’ understanding of how graphic design can become an effective tool for organizing and presenting complex data and information.
GRA 324 Photographic Practice
Course for non-majors introducing basic principles and techniques of photography, darkroom techniques and processes.
GRA 335 Computational Design Methods
This course focuses on the concepts of procedural 3D CAD tools that enable the creation of non-destructive and adaptive design systems to empower designers to create procedural and generative systems that let experimentation with complex systems and compositions.
MAN 333 Marketing Principles
An analytical study of marketing as a major business function. Topics include an overview of the marketing system, the marketing concept, market research, market analysis, marketing strategies (segmentation, targeting, positioning), and marketing programs. An examination of how effective marketing strategy and program decisions is based on an analysis of buyer behavior, market structure, and competition.
MAN 432 Consumer Behavior
A study of the nature and determinants of consumer behavior. Examines how individuals and groups acquire, consume and dispose of goods, and explores the influence of various psycho-sociological factors, such as personality, cognitive characteristics, beliefs, social class and culture on the formation of consumers’ attitudes and purchasing behavior. To enhance understanding and prediction of marketplace behavior; and emphasizes the applications to the development, evaluation and implementation of marketing strategies.

Social Science and Humanities Electives

ECON 432 Turkish and World Economy in the 20th Century
Growth and developments in Turkey and the World from World War I to present. The application of economic analysis to historical issues. Topics: Great Depression, the interwar period, the developments in Soviet-type economies since 1917, the Bretton Woods System, the collapse of the Bretton Woods System, the collapse of communism, Turkish economy during the Great Depression and thereafter.
EDEB 401 Introduction to Turkish Literature I
Designed to give the student an overview of Turkish Literature, the course will deal with earliest poems, the Orkhon Inscriptions, major early works (Divan-i Lugati’t-Türk, Kutadgu Bilig, Dede Korkut, etc.),highlights of Seljuk Literature (especially Yunus Emre), and the most important works of Divan poetry and prose (from the 14th century to the mid-19th century).
EDEB 402 Introduction to Turkish Literature II
This course will provide an overview of Turkish literature from the Tanzimat era to the present. Emphasis will be on the development of such literary genres as the novel, short story, drama, poetry, essay, and criticism in the modern era. The ethical and aesthetic arguments of major literary movements, key literary debates, and the social impact of literature will be discussed and evaluated. Readings will include major works in various genres.
EDEB 415 Sources of Literature: Nature and Culture
Historically conscious analysis and interpretation of fundamental terminologies in the fields of anthropology, sociology, law, economics, linguistics, folklore and history; comparative study of Ottoman and Turkish cultural traditions in terms of the chosen terminology; study of the transformation and continuity in the oral and written traditions within this framework.
EDEB 408 Sources of Literature II: From Mimesis to Catharsis
Expression, perception and induction of emotion in art/literature parallel to epistemological search put forward by the mimesis or creativity of the human being by way of the rituals, the spell of the words, rhetorics, ethics and aesthetics; the works of the East and West cultures compared thematically in this quest for the individual to conquer history/society to realize himself ontologically.
FA 361 Philosophy of Art I
Philosophical issues that arise concerning the creation, interpretation and viewing of art, since Plato. What is “mimesis”; who is the best judge of art; is art beautiful and good; should art be viewed dis-interestedly.
FA 421 Analysis of Art Work I
Introduction to critical analysis of works of art by concentrating on the theoretical debates developed around various issues on art theory since the 19th century.
HART 225 Cultural Anthropology
An introduction to cultural anthropology. Topics examined include the concept of culture; ethnographic research, its history, methods, and theory; language and communication; social identity, personality, and gender; subsistence patterns; economic systems; sex, marriage, and family; kinship and descent; grouping by age, common interest, and social status; political systems; religion and spirituality; the arts; and processes of cultural change.
HUM 331 Humanities and Social Science Honors Seminar
This seminar is restricted to students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher. The seminar is designed to provide students with a sense of basic concepts and theoretical approaches which are common to advanced research in the humanities and social sciences. Though the specific content of the seminar will change from one year to the next, each seminar will present important readings and texts from several disciplines (philosophy, psychology, sociology, literary theory, etc.). Students will discuss their work with one another in seminar meetings, and also in one-on-one meetings with the seminar leader throughout the semester. Each student will complete a term paper on a topic of his or her choice related to the issues covered in the seminar, and will leave the course with a polished piece of academic writing which they can use in applications to graduate school, as well as a detailed letter of recommendation from the seminar instructor.
IR 101 Introduction to World Politics
This course introduces students to international relations by presenting the basic concepts, approaches and major contemporary currents in world politics. The purpose of the course is to provide students with a framework for analysis whereby they can understand and evaluate international phenomena. It covers a wide range of topics including security issues such as war, terrorism, diplomacy and arms control; ecological issues such as climate change and resource depletion, and economic issues such as development, world trade and globalization.
IR 236 20th Century World Politics
This course introduces students to critical events and dynamics of the 20th Century, including but not limited to the League of Nations, inter-war period, World War II, United Nations, Cold War, (super-power conflict and the Non-Aligned Movement), Detente Second Cold War, the revolutions of 1989 and post-Cold War challenges to the international system.
PHIL 201 Epistemology
This course addresses several of the central problems of contemporary epistemology, such as: conceptions of epistemic justification; skeptical arguments and responses to them; foundationalism and coherentism; externalism and internalism; causal theories of knowledge; rationality and cognitive relativism; naturalized epistemology.
PHIL 401 Metaphysics
Focusing on a selection of key texts, this course examines core topics in contemporary metaphysics, such as: truth, existence, universals and particulars, causality, modality, perception, knowledge, the a priori, identity, anomalous monism, supervenience, vagueness, and time.
PHIL 402 Aesthetics
This course examines key debates in the Philosophy of Art, such as the definition of art, the ontology of artworks, the nature and scope of the aesthetic, expression, representation, interpretation, appreciation, aesthetic value and the value of art, creativity, art and ethics.
POLS 101 Introduction to Political Science I
This course explains the nature of political science and its basic concepts including power, legitimacy, authority, and choice. The development of the modern nation-state; fundamentals of the classical and contemporary ideologies; the policy-making role of the state; the relationship between the state and the citizen; democratic and non-democratic governments and constitutional design of government are also covered.
POLS 104 Introduction to Political Science II
This second part of the course explores the major political institutions and processes. Elections and participation; the role of political parties and interest groups in a democratic polity; parliamentary structures; presidential and parliamentary systems of government; bureaucracy; courts and international organizations are analyzed.
POLS 201 Fundamentals of Social Research
Introduction to philosophical bases and goals of social research. The logic underlying a scientific analysis. The problems and considerations arising in the selection and formulation of a research question.
POLS 240 Social Transformation in Turkey
This course aims at providing an insight into the social and cultural aspects of social transformation in Turkey. The transformation of spaces, divisions of labor, social stratification, lifestyles, and cultural values are explained through sociological and anthropological studies carried out in Turkey since the 1960s.
POLS 306 Contemporary Turkish Politics
State, Politics and society in contemporary Turkey, from a theoretical perspective with special emphasis on problems of and prospects for democracy.
POLS 323 Political Anthropology
The course is concerned with the social and cultural phenomena related to how and why power and authority operate in human societies. Some of the topics covered are: types of preindustrial political systems; the evolution of the state; religion in politics; political succession; women and power; political symbolism and the influence of macrolevel polities on local authorities and polities.
PHYS 200 Physics for Poets
This course aims to present basic ideas of modern science to non-science majors with very little background in mathematics and physics. Scientific objectivity, science of mechanics, Newton’s laws, electricity and magnetism, waves, special and general relativity, cosmology, atoms, particles and waves, uncertainty principle, quantum theory, fundamental constituents of matter, forces of nature.
PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology
This course is a general introduction to the main issues and findings in psychological science. It lays out the kinds of questions facing psychologists trying to study the mind and behavior, and it covers some major methods of answering them. The course spans the major research fields of psychology, presenting major findings from biological, cognitive, social, developmental, and personality psychology. It also gives a brief introduction to mental disorders and clinical psychology.
PSYC 103 Introduction to Psychology II / Social and Developmental
This course is a continuation of Introduction to Psychological Science 1, PSYC 101. Topics covered in this course include testing and intelligence, human development, personality, social psychology, abnormal psychology, treatment of psychological disorders, and industrial/organizational psychology.
PSYC 200 Cognitive Psychology
This course provides a comprehensive introduction the area of cognitive psychology. It lays out the emergence and importance of cognitive psychology as a field of scientific research. Issues and findings are presented in sensation and perception, learning, memory, problem-solving, thinking and reasoning, and language.
PSYC 240 Developmental Psychology
The mind develops from conception right up to the end of life. In order to understand our nature and capabilities, it is important to know how the mind develops and what affects the course of this development. The main topics covered are Piaget’s model of cognitive development and its critique, language acquisition, social interaction, attachment, parenting styles, and adolescent development.