NMD3105 Social Movements and 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
NMD3105 Social Movements and New Media Spring 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 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) 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.