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
NMD3105 Social Movements and 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: Departmental Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Dr. Öğr. Üyesi SİNAN AŞÇI
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, Political Science, and (Social) Psychology with reference to the formation, rise and decline of social movements and how these both make use of and are represented in/with various media. Its purpose is also to introduce a sense of comparative and critical analysis with regards to social movements.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
1. Distinguish a social movement from a protest, sit-up, petition campaign, online activism.
2. Have a critical understanding of slacktivism.
3. Compare and contrast digital and conventional social movements.
4. Have a critical understanding of the functionalisation of new media by social movements.
5. Have a critical understanding of the historical period against which a specific social movement is investigated and the use of respective media.

Course Content

Social movements are roughly defined as social change at local, national or global level. This change can take place in terms of affecting the human rights issues and concerns or policies, ethnic, national or gender equality issues, environmental and class changes driven by people rather than the governments of power regimes. This course will discuss the link between media technologies, including the digital and mobile ones and social movements of the recent past.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Introduction
2) Printing Press and Modernity, Enlightenment
3) Newspapers and French Nationalism
4) Radio and National Socialism in Germany
5) Television and Collective Paranoid in Cold War Years
6) Film and Americanization, Europeanization in Africa
7) Audio and Video Cassettes and Mobilization I
8) Audio-Video Cassettes and Mobilization II
9) Digital Media and Middle Eastern Spring I
10) Digital Media and Middle Eastern Spring II
11) Cell Phone and Crowd
12) Twitter and Green Movement in Iran
13) Social Movements and New Media: Where do we come from, where do we go now?
14) Wrap-up session


Course Notes / Textbooks: 1) Generation as a Sociological Problem, David I. Kertzer, Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 9 (1983), pp. 125-149.
2) Social Movements and New Media, Brian D. Load, Sociology Compass 2/6 (2008), pp. 1920–1933.
3) Alice Mattoni (2017) A situated understanding of digital technologies in socialmovements. Media ecology and media practice approaches, Social Movement Studies, 16:4,494-505, DOI: 10.1080/14742837.2017.131.

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 1 % 10
Homework Assignments 6 % 30
Midterms 1 % 20
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 14 4 56
Homework Assignments 6 6 36
Midterms 1 2 2
Final 1 2 2
Total Workload 138

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. 5
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. 1
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. 5
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. 4
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. 4
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. 5
7) To be able to develop skills on gathering necessary data by using scientific methods, analyzing and circulating them in order to produce content. 1
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. 3
9) To be able to operate collaborative projects with national/international colleagues in the field of new media, journalism and communication. 4
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. 2