GEAR 305 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Turkish Cinema
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
GEAR 305
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
4

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Service Course
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives This course introduces the emergence and transformation of the film industry in Turkey from a historical and thematic perspective.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • identify the major movements, waves, and periods in the history of cinema in Turkey.
  • discuss the fundamental issues on the current state of the film industry in Turkey.
  • discuss the major Turkish films and filmmakers within a historical and artistic context.
  • apply their knowledge on cinema in Turkey to the analysis of newly produced films.
  • define the differences between national film industry and transnational filmmaking practices.
Course Content The course includes the following topics and related discussions: Historical development and transformation of the film industry in Turkey; leading filmmakers and their films; identity, politics and transnationalism issues; major debates on the history of cinema in Turkey. The evaluation system includes 3 assignments: Film review (750 words), response paper (500 words) and digital data creation.

 



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 Introduction How to avoid plagiarism?
2 Debates on the historiography of cinema in Turkey Films: Lumiere Brothers, Bullfight in Spain Abel Gance, Napoleon Lumiere Brothers, Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Coen Brothers, World Cinema Dilek Kaya Mutlu, “The Russian Monument at Ayastefanos (San Stefano): Between Defeat and Revenge, Remembering and Forgetting”, Middle East Studies 43:1 (2007); Savaş Arslan, “Introduction” in Cinema in Turkey: A New Critical History, Oxford University Press: 2011.
3 Production and movie-going in Turkey before 1950 Films: Muhsin Ertuğrul, Aysel Bataklı Damın Kızı (1935) Muhsin Ertuğrul, Kahveci Güzeli (1941) Savaş Arslan “Pre-Yeşilçam: Cinema in Turkey until the Late 1940s” in Cinema in Turkey: A New Critical History, Oxford University Press: 2011.
4 Early masters of a late industry: The “cinema artists” generation Films: Lütfi Akad, Kanun Namına (1952) Osman Seden, Düşman Yolları Kesti (1959) Savaş Arslan, “Early Yeşilçam: The Advent of Yeşilçam in the 1950s” in Cinema in Turkey: A New Critical History, Oxford University Press: 2011.
5 Movements and waves: Social realism, new realism and national cinema Films: Metin Erksan, Susuz Yaz (1963) Halit Refiğ, Bir Türk’e Gönül Verdim (1969) Yılmaz Güney, Umut (1970) Kurtuluş Kayalı, Metin Erksan Sinemasını Okumayı Denemek, Dost: 2004, pp. 77-90; Halit Refiğ, “En Doğru Yargılayıcı Tarihtir” in Ulusal Sinema Kavgası, Dergâh: 2009.
6 Introduction to digital film studies and data creation “A Short Guide to Digital Humanities” in A. Burdick, J. Drucker et al. Digital_Humanities, The MIT Press: 2012.
7 Yeşilçam I: Genres and narration Films: Orhan Aksoy, Samanyolu (1967) Çetin İnanç, Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (1982) Nezih Erdoğan, “Narratives of Resistance: National Identity and Ambivalance in the Turkish Melodrama between 1965 and 1975”, Screen 39:3 (1998); Paul Willemen, “The Zoom in Popular Cinema: A Question of Performance”, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (2013).
8 Yeşilçam II: Production and distribution Films: Yavuz Turgul, Aşk Filmlerinin Unutulmaz Yönetmeni (1990) Cem Kaya, Remake, Remix, Rip-Off (2014) Nilgün Abisel, “Türk Sinemasında Film Yapımı Üzerine Notlar” in Türk Sineması Üzerine Yazılar, Phoenix: 2005.
9 Migration and urbanization Films: Halit Refiğ, Gurbet Kuşları (1964) Lütfi Akad, Gelin (1973) Kartal Tibet, Sultan (1978) Gönül Dönmez-Colin, “Migration, Dis/Misplacement and Exile”, in Turkish Cinema: Identity, Distance and Belonging, Reaktion Books: 2008.
10 Political cinema Films: Yılmaz Güney, Yol (1981) Yeşim Ustaoğlu, Güneşe Yolculuk (1998) (Court documents and censorship reports)
11 Gender Films: Orhan Aksoy, Vurun Kahpeye (1964) Atıf Yılmaz, Dul Bir Kadın (1985) Gönül Dönmez-Colin, “Gender, Sexuality and Morals in Transition”, in Turkish Cinema: Identity, Distance and Belonging, Reaktion Books: 2008.
12 New Turkish Cinema(s) I Films: Mustafa Altıoklar, İstanbul Kanatlarımın Altında (1996) Zeki Demirkubuz, Üçüncü Sayfa (1998) Zahit Atam, “Critical Thoughts on the New Turkish Cinema” in Cinema and Politics: Turkish Cinema and the New Europe, edited by Deniz Bayrakdar, Cambridge Scholars Publishing: 2009.
13 New Turkish Cinema(s) II Films: Semih Kaplanoğlu, Bal (2009) Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Üç Maymun (2008) Kaan Müjdeci, Sivas (2015)
14 Cinema in Turkey in times of mobility and transnationalism Films: Tunç Okan, Mercedes Mon Amour (1987) Ben Hopkins, Pazar: Bir Ticaret Masalı (2007) Nejat Ulusay, “A Transformational Experience within the Contexts of ‘National’ and ‘Transnational’: The Case of Turkish Cinema” in Imaginaries Out of Place: Cinema, Transnationalism and Turkey, Gökçen Karanfil and Serkan Şavk (eds.), Cambridge Scholars Publishing: 2012; Deniz Bayrakdar “Introduction: ‘Son of Turks’ claim: ‘I’m a child of European Cinema” in Cinema and Politics: Turkish Cinema and the New Europe, edited by Deniz Bayrakdar, Cambridge Scholars Publishing: 2009.
15 Review of the semester
16 Final Exam

 

Course Textbooks
References

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
1
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
3
90
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
Final / Oral Exam
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
4
100
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
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
3
13
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
Final / Oral Exam
    Total
119

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 Adequate knowledge in Mathematics, Science and Civil Engineering; ability to use theoretical and applied information in these areas to model and solve Civil Engineering problems
2 Ability to identify, define, formulate, and solve complex Civil Engineering problems; ability to select and apply proper analysis and modeling methods for this purpose
3 Ability to design a complex system, device or product under realistic constraints and conditions, in such a way as to meet the desired result; ability to apply modern design methods for this purpose
4 Ability to devise, select, and use modern techniques and tools needed for Civil Engineering practice
5 Ability to design and conduct experiments, gather data, analyze and interpret results for investigating Civil Engineering problems
6 Ability to work efficiently in Civil Engineering disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams; ability to work individually
7 Ability to communicate effectively in Turkish, both orally and in writing; knowledge of a minimum of two foreign languages
8 Recognition of the need for lifelong learning; ability to access information, to follow developments in science and technology, and to continue to educate him/herself
9 Awareness of professional and ethical responsibility
10 Information about business life practices such as project management, risk management, and change management; awareness of entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable development
11 Knowledge about contemporary issues and the global and societal effects of engineering practices on health, environment, and safety; awareness of the legal consequences of Civil Engineering solutions

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