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
ACL1003 Essay Writing and Textual Analysis I Fall 2 2 3 7
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 ELİF BAŞ
Course Lecturer(s): Dr. Öğr. Üyesi ELİF BAŞ
Recommended Optional Program Components: None
Course Objectives: Students will process literature through use of written assignments and will learn how to write essays concerning literature of differing genres.Course materials are both literary and rhetorical, and include poetry, fiction. Students practice a range of approaches to these genres, and learn to formulate original, cohesive, invested, well-supported arguments about them in the form of short close reading exercises and more extensive critical essays.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
1-Demonstrate punctuation usage.
2-Describe types of essays.
3-write for a variety of audiences and purposes.
4-to become a more critical reader of your writing

Course Content

Literary Terminology and methods of
writing critical essays,, short stories, plays,
poetry, non-fiction selections and films.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Introduction to course. Outline of semester. Short writing assignment describing expectations and past experiences.
2) “Telling Stories” by Maeve Binchey and excerpt from “Portrait of a Lady” by Henry James. Writing about love and our concepts of what it means and how it is portrayed in the two stories. Reading.
3) “Goodbye Marcus, Goodbye Rose” by Jean Rhys. Our experiences in life prepare us for the future. How do our lives change after a hugely impactful experience? Writing assignment.
4) “Happy Endings” by Margaret Atwood. Writing about theme, characters, plot and mood. Example of summary and analysis of a short story. Reading.
5) “Whose Life Is It Anyway?” by Brian Clark. The nature of life. What is our responsibility to ourselves? To others? Essay.
6) “Moral Hazard” by Kate Jennings. The aging process and inconceivable choices. Is it possible or even acceptable to choose death over life? Essay.
7) Midterm Essay concerning the nature of love and marriage and death and the choices involved. How do the stories exemplify the themes? Reading.
8) Review.
9) “Crime and Punishment” by Dosteovsky. Using logic to make excuses for a criminal act. Essay.
10) “Remains of the Day” by Kazuo Ishiguro. Prejudice and characters who must act against their better nature. Reading.
11) “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” by Ursula Le Guin. Is it ever acceptable to sacrifice someone for the greater good? Reading.
12) “The Joneses”. Capitalism and creating a desire and market. Background research.
13) Essay on consumerism and capitalism. What goods do we consider desirable and why? Research.
14) “First Confession” by Frank O’Connor. Comedy and plot. How does an author show theme through the use of humor? Reading.
15) Final.
16) Final.


Course Notes / Textbooks: Various short stories and poems.
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Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 64 % 15
Quizzes 4 % 20
Presentation 1 % 10
Midterms 1 % 15
Final 1 % 40
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Workload
Course Hours 16 64
Study Hours Out of Class 16 32
Presentations / Seminar 1 3
Homework Assignments 16 32
Quizzes 6 12
Midterms 1 10
Final 1 10
Total Workload 163

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) To be able to critically interpret and discuss the theories, the concepts, the traditions, and the developments in the history of thought which are fundamental for the field of new media, journalism and communication.
2) To be able to attain written, oral and visual knowledge about technical equipment and software used in the process of news and the content production in new media, and to be able to acquire effective abilities to use them on a professional level.
3) To be able to get information about the institutional agents and generally about the sector operating in the field of new media, journalism and communication, and to be able to critically evaluate them.
4) To be able to comprehend the reactions of the readers, the listeners, the audiences and the users to the changing roles of media environments, and to be able to provide and circulate an original contents for them and to predict future trends.
5) To be able to apprehend the basic theories, the concepts and the thoughts related to neighbouring fields of new media and journalism in a critical manner.
6) To be able to grasp global and technological changes in the field of communication, and the relations due to with their effects on the local agents.
7) To be able to develop skills on gathering necessary data by using scientific methods, analyzing and circulating them in order to produce content.
8) To be able to develop acquired knowledge, skills and competence upon social aims by being legally and ethically responsible for a lifetime, and to be able to use them in order to provide social benefit.
9) To be able to operate collaborative projects with national/international colleagues in the field of new media, journalism and communication.
10) To be able to improve skills on creating works in various formats and which are qualified to be published on the prestigious national and international channels.