GEP0623 Fashion and MediaBahçeşehir UniversityDegree Programs CIVIL 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
GEP0623 Fashion and 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: GE-Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Dr. BURCU ALARSLAN ULUDAŞ
Recommended Optional Program Components: none
Course Objectives: Fashion is one of the fundamental ways in which humans communicate to each other about themselves. This course examines the intersection between fashion, media, personal identity in today’s society. Drawing on theories of rhetorical and social criticism, we will examine how the fashion industry creates powerful and persuasive messages to sell a given image to consumers. We will also study how those images are reinforced and given authority through media.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
1. Acquire familiarity with concepts of fashion in relation to media in a Turkish as well as international context.
2. Will be competent to formulate research questions concerning fashion and its relation to media material.
3. Critique the role fashion and style play in visual self-presentation
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the economic, social, and cultural aspects offashion
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship of modernity to style and visuality
6. Demonstrate a critical analysis of celebrity culture and how it functions

Course Content

Through cultural and media studies theory, the courses main topic is to examine how fashion makes meaning, and how it has been valued through history, popular culture and media institutions, focusing on therelationship between fashion, visual self-presentation, and power..

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) What is Fashion
2) Introduction to Fashion and Culture
3) Fashioning the Self
4) The History of Fashion
5) Fashion and the Masses
6) Fashion, Communication, and Culture
7) Roland Barthes and the Rhetoric of Fashion
8) Midterm exam
9) Fashion and Society
10) Fashion in Popular Culture
11) Fashion Icons
12) Supermodels and Superstars
13) Costume Design
14) Fashion at the Edge
15) General review
16) Final Exam


Course Notes / Textbooks: Course Notes / Textbooks selected readings from this books below:
Fashion in Film: Adrienne Munich, Indiana University Press: 2011

Fashion Theory: A Reader, Malcom Barnard: Routledge, 2007

Barthes, Roland, The Language of Fashion (Oxford: Berg, 2004.
Anne Hollander, Sex and Suits: The Evolution of Modern DressSteele, Valerie (eds).
Barnard, Malcom, Fashion as Communication, New York: Routledge; 2 edition (29 Aug 2002)
Moseley, Rachel, Fashioning Film Stars: Dress, Culture, Identity (London: BFI, 2005)
McDowell, Colin Fashion Today, London, Phaidon Press Limited, 2000.


Evaluation System

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Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) Adequate knowledge in mathematics, science and civil engineering; the ability to use theoretical and practical knowledge in these areas in complex engineering problems.
2) Ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems; ability to select and apply proper analysis and modeling methods for this purpose.
3) Ability to design a complex system, process, structural and/or structural members to meet specific requirements under realistic constraints and conditions; ability to apply modern design methods for this purpose.
4) Ability to develop, select and use modern techniques and tools necessary for the analysis and solution of complex problems encountered in civil engineering applications; ability to use civil engineering technologies effectively.
5) Ability to design, conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret results for the study of complex engineering problems or civil engineering research topics.
6) Ability to work effectively within and multi-disciplinary teams; individual study skills.
7) Ability to communicate effectively in English and Turkish (if he/she is a Turkish citizen), both orally and in writing.
8) Awareness of the necessity of lifelong learning; ability to access information to follow developments in civil engineering technology.
9) To act in accordance with ethical principles, professional and ethical responsibility; having awareness of the importance of employee workplace health and safety.
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.