NMD3911 Sociology of New MediaBahçeşehir UniversityDegree Programs ENERGY SYSTEMS ENGINEERINGGeneral Information For StudentsDiploma SupplementErasmus Policy StatementNational QualificationsBologna Commission
Bachelor TR-NQF-HE: Level 6 QF-EHEA: First Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 6

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
NMD3911 Sociology of New Media Fall 3 0 3 5
This catalog is for information purposes. Course status is determined by the relevant department at the beginning of semester.

Basic information

Language of instruction: English
Type of course: Non-Departmental Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Dr. Öğr. Üyesi TİRŞE ERBAYSAL FİLİBELİ
Course Lecturer(s): Instructor MERT KAYHAN
Recommended Optional Program Components: None.
Course Objectives: The course is designed to provide students with basic principles, concepts and key issues in sociology with reference to the role of the new media. Its purpose is also to analyze global developments in the light of the rise of the information society.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
- Critically evaluate new media and its implication on everyday human relations.
- Critically understand the role of new media in relation to the established power structure.

Course Content

This course aims to provide the students with the necessary theoretical and analytical tools to help them comprehend the new global society that developed since the 1970s. This new period is variously defined as “post-industrial,” “information society” or the “electronic-digital age”. In this course we will employ a long-term historical perspective by also underlining key points of radical transformation. We will analyze the long-waves of twentieth century capitalism, the Fordist/Industrial and post-Fordist/post-Industrial societies and the rise of the information society since 1970s.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) 1990s and the Explosion of the “Digital/Electronic Revolution” -
1) Introduction of the Course, Explanation of the Syllabus -
2) The Concepts of the “Information Society,” “Old and the New Media” -
3) The Historical Dimension: Pre-Industrial, Industrial and Post-Industrial Stages I -
4) The Historical Dimension: Pre-Industrial, Industrial and Post-Industrial Stages II -
5) Main Dynamics of the Twentieth Century: Market Economy and Unfettered Capitalism -
6) Mdterm -
7) the Transformation of the 1960s: Anti-Systemic Paradigm Shift and “New Social Movements” -
8) The Transformation of the 1970s: The Restructuring of Capitalism: Towards “Flexible Accumulation” -
9) Changes since 1980s: Neo-Liberal Revolution -
11) New Media & the New Societal Formations -
12) New Media & New Forms of Social Communication -
13) New Media, Activism & “Clicktivism -
14) At the Beginning of the 21st Century: Where do we go from here? -


Course Notes / Textbooks: - Manuel Castells, The Rise of Network Society. Blackwell Publishers
- David Harvey, The Condition of Postmodernity. Blackwell Publishers
- Stephen Graham & Simon Marvin, Telecommunications and the City: Electronic Spaces, Urban Places. Routledge.


Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Midterms 1 % 50
Final 1 % 50
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 13 3 39
Study Hours Out of Class 14 5 70
Midterms 1 2 2
Final 1 2 2
Total Workload 113

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) Build up a body of knowledge in mathematics, science and Energy Systems Engineering subjects; use theoretical and applied information in these areas to model and solve complex engineering problems.
2) Ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex Energy Systems Engineering problems; select and apply proper modeling and analysis methods for this purpose.
3) Ability to design complex Energy systems, processes, devices or products under realistic constraints and conditions, in such a way as to meet the desired result; apply modern design methods for this purpose.
4) Ability to devise, select, and use modern techniques and tools needed for solving complex problems in Energy Systems Engineering practice; employ information technologies effectively.
5) Ability to design and conduct numerical or pysical experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret results for investigating the complex problems specific to Energy Systems Engineering.
6) Ability to cooperate efficiently in intra-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams; and show self-reliance when working on Energy Systems-related problems
7) Ability to communicate effectively in English and Turkish (if he/she is a Turkish citizen), both orally and in writing. Write and understand reports, prepare design and production reports, deliver effective presentations, give and receive clear and understandable instructions.
8) Recognize the need for life-long learning; show ability to access information, to follow developments in science and technology, and to continuously educate oneself.
9) Develop an awareness of professional and ethical responsibility, and behave accordingly. Be informed about the standards used in Energy Systems Engineering applications.
10) Learn about business life practices such as project management, risk management, and change management; develop an awareness of entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable development.
11) Acquire knowledge about the effects of practices of Energys Systems Engineering on health, environment, security in universal and social scope, and the contemporary problems of Energys Systems engineering; is aware of the legal consequences of Energys Systems engineering solutions.