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
ACL2052 Introduction to Film Studies Fall 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 ELİF BAŞ
Course Lecturer(s): Dr. Öğr. Üyesi ELİF BAŞ
Recommended Optional Program Components: None
Course Objectives: This course is a survey of the discipline of Film Studies, its methodologies, genres and histories. Through an examination of various cinematic forms, styles, and genres, roughly following a historical chronology, the course aims to develop the critical skills crucial to the discourse of Film Studies.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
1-Trace the historical developments of world cinema and identify the causes and effects of those developments.
2-Demonstrate how the individual histories of national cinemas have affected international trends in producing, distributing, and exhibiting films.
3-Describe how the uses of the film medium have changed and standardized over time.
4-Explain how sociopolitical, technological, economic, and cultural circumstances have influenced the aesthetics of cinema at given junctures in history.

Course Content

Films and reading material related to history of cinema.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Introduction to the course. Film terminology.
2) Birth of the narrative form- D.W. Griffith – Birth of a Nation 1915 Reading.
3) Soviet Silent Cinema and the Theory of Montage Eisenstein: Battleship Potemkin 1925 (scene: The Odessa Steps) Reading.
4) German Cinema of the Weimar Period Robert Weine – Das Kabinet des Dr. Caligari 1920 Reading.
5) Golden Age of Hollywood – Charlie Chaplin Modern Times 1936
6) Classical Hollywood Cinema – Casablanca 1942
7) A Major Figure of the Studio Era: Hitchcock Alfred Hitchcock – The Birds 1963/or Psycho
8) Review and discussion.
9) Italian neorealism - De Sica– The Bicycle Thieves 1948 Reading.
10) La Dolce Vita - Federico Fellini Reading.
11) 1970’s era of cynicism: A nervous romance Woody Allen – Annie Hall 1977
12) Midterm, 2nd essay.
13) A German Horror: Das Experiment - Oliver Hirschbiegel 2001
14) Turkish cinema
15) Final.
16) Final.


Course Notes / Textbooks: History of Film / C. Ellis and Virginia Wright Wexman
A History of Narrative Film / David A. Cook

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 16 % 10
Presentation 1 % 15
Midterms 2 % 40
Final 1 % 35
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Workload
Course Hours 16 48
Study Hours Out of Class 10 50
Midterms 2 40
Final 1 20
Total Workload 158

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.