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
5

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
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
2
60
Final / Oral 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
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
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
2
20
Final / Oral Exam
    Total
140

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
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