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
ACL4002 Ethnic Literature Spring 3 0 3 6
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 HATİCE ÖVGÜ TÜZÜN
Course Lecturer(s): Prof. Dr. GÖNÜL BAKAY
Recommended Optional Program Components: None
Course Objectives: To introduce the student to the literature of the major ethnic groups in the United States and examine the cultural contexts and literary traditions from which such literature emanates.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
Familiarization with a variety of themes and literary styles outside (what used to be) the traditional canon, and an awareness of the multiple facets of US identity.

Course Content

Diverse issues prevalent in multi-etnic America to be debated through the reading of five novels pertaining to Native Americans, African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans, as well as of passages from autobiographies of ethnic authors, and from theoretical work by various scholars. Watching parts of Roots to be added if there is time.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) General Introduction Reading
2) Analysis /Discussion of House Made of Dawn Reading
3) House Made of Dawn continued Reading
4) Passages from theoreticians Reading
5) Discussion /Analysis of The Color Purple Reading
6) The Color Purple continued Reading
7) Roots
8) Discussion /Analysis of Bless Me Ultima Reading
9) Bless Me Ultima continued Reading
10) Jasmine Reading
11) Jasmine continued Reading
12) Discussion /Analysis of Joy-Luck Club Reading
13) Joy-Luck Club continued Reading
14) Passages from autobiographies Reading
15) Final Examination
16) Final Examination


Course Notes / Textbooks: N. Scott Momaday, House Made of Dawn ( New York: Harper Perennial, 1999).
Alice Walker, The Color Purple (Orlando, FL: Mariner Books, 2006).
Rudolfo Anaya, Bless Me Ultima (New York: Grand Central Publishing, 1994).
Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club (London: Penguin, 2006).
Bharati Mukherjee, Jasmine (New York: N. Scott Momaday, House Made of Dawn ( New York: Harper Perennial, 1999).
Alice Walker, The Color Purple (Orlando, FL: Mariner Books, 2006).
Rudolfo Anaya, Bless Me Ultima (New York: Grand Central Publishing, 1994).
The tv series Roots

References: Passages from:
Henry Louis Gates Jr., The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African-American Literary Criticism.
Werner Sollors, Beyond Ethnicity
Gloria Anzaldua, Borderlands/La Frontera
W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk
Edward Said, Out of Place
Richard Rodriguez, Hunger of Memory
Marie Lauret et al., Beginning Ethnic American Literature

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 16 % 20
Midterms 2 % 40
Final 1 % 40
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 14 3 42
Study Hours Out of Class 12 4 48
Presentations / Seminar 1 4 4
Homework Assignments 5 8 40
Midterms 1 8 8
Final 1 10 10
Total Workload 152

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.