GEAR 211 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Communication, Literature and Philosophy
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
GEAR 211
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
5

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Service Course
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives This module aims to introduce students to analytic thinking and philosophizing via short readings and analysis of literary texts, art works, photography and cinema.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • explain the parallels between the history of philosophy and the history of communication/art/literature
  • compare the changes and developments in philosophical thinking with the changes and developments of the means and methods of communication
  • evaluate the role of literary texts in providing answers to the major philosophical questionscompare
  • compare the changes and developments in philosophical thinking with the changes and developments of the means and methods of communication provide
  • provide answers to the question of the extent to which the fundamental questions of Western philosophy, including being, subject and consciousness, have determined the practices of communication, art and literature
  • explain the links between different philosophical currents and the main analytic methods of the discipline of communications, including rhetoric, semiotics, discourse analysis and content analysis
  • explain the effects of binary oppositions that lie at the foundations of Western philosophy on the development of literature and arts in particular, and of communications and culture in generalrelate the creation of literary and artistic works to the knowledge derived from the ethical, aesthetical and political spheres of philosophy.
Course Content This course focuses on the historical trajectory of western philosophy in parallel to its relations particularly with literature and art, and generally with culture and communications.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Presentation and an overview of the course, course organization, requirements and methods of evaluation.
2 Essential Questions of Philosophy: Ancient Greece Clerk, ‘Ancient Philosophy, in Kenny, 1-53
3 Introduction to Philosophy of Modern Times ‘Descartes to Kant’, in Kenny, 107-193
4 Enlightenment, Modernity and Reason Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose; ‘Descartes’ in Russell, 511-520, Umberto Eco, ‘The Return of the Middle Ages’ in Eco,Travels in Hyperreality, 59-86
5 Modernity, Science, Progress and Dangers Mary Shelley, Frankenstein. Descartes in Russell, 511-520
6 Discussion on the Consequences of Modernization 'Descartes to Kant' in Kenny, 107-193.
7 Consciousness, Identity and Freedom: Lord and Bondsman Orhan Pamuk, The White Castle. ‘Hegel’ in Kenny 201 -206.
8 Discussion on Lord/Bondsman and East/West Hegel’ in Kenny 201 -206. Hall, ‘The West and the Rest’ (Handout)
9 Ethics: Modern and Postmodern Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment. ‘Kantian Morality’, in Kenny, 190-192; ‘Nietzsche’, in Kenny 216-221
10 Modernity and Social Injustice John Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath Movie: Germinal ‘ Marx and the Young Hegelians’ & ‘Capitalism and its Discontents’, Kenny, 304-309. Russell, Ch. XXVII. Karl Marx
11 Modernity, Power, Bureaucracy and Surveillance Franz Kafka ‘The Trial’ Movie ‘Kafka’ SEP ‘Weber’; SEP ‘Foucault’ (Handouts)
12 Rousseau: “Natural Man” and Degeneration Joseph Conrad, ‘Heart of Darkness’ Movie ‘Apocalypse Now’ Quinton ‘Rousseau’ in Kenny 329-332 Freud, ‘Civilization and Its Discontents’ (Handout)
13 Existentialism Albert Camus, The Stranger. Existentialism,SEP
14 Philosophy and Psyche Franz Kafka ‘Metamorphosis’ Yusuf Atılgan ‘Anayurt Oteli’ & Movie Modules on Freud (Handout) Kenny, .’Sigmound Freud’, pp. 343-350.
15 Review of the Semester
16 Revision

 

Course Textbooks

Robert C. Solomon and Kathleen M. Higgins, The Big Questions:  A Short Introduction to Philosophy.

Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy,

Sir Anthony Kenny, An Illustrated Brief History of Western Philosophy.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP)

References

Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

Orhan Pamuk, The White Castle

Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment

Franz Kafka ‘The Trial’

Joseph Conrad, ‘Heart of Darkness’

Franz Kafka ‘Metamorphosis’

Yusuf Atılgan ‘Anayurt Oteli’

Albert Camus, The Stranger

John Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
1
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
30
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
2
60
Final / Oral Exam
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
3
70
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
1
30
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
15
5
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
20
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
2
10
Final / Oral Exam
    Total
163

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to assess psychological concepts and perspectives, interpret and evaluate data using scientific methods
2 To be able to develop a curiosity and interest towards the mind and its phenomena, to possess a sense of critical and scientific reflexion and ability to analyze new information.
3 Ability to make use of theoretical and applied knowledge in local and global levels.
4 To have a basic knowledge of other disciplines that can contribute to psychology and to be able to make use of this knowledge
5 To possess and value societal, scientific and ethical principles in collecting, interpreting and publishing psychological data
6 To have knowledge of how psychology is positioned as a scientific discipline from a historical perspective, and to know with what methods it views behavioural and mental processes
7 To be able to distinguish between the emphases of fundamental theories and perspectives of psychology (behavioural, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, social, developmental, humanistic, psychodynamic and sociocultural) and compare and express their differences and similarities, contributions and limitations
8 The competence to share psychological knowledge based and qualitative and quantitative data with experts and lay people, using effective communication skills
9 To have the awareness of interpersonal and societal problems and phenomena and adopt this awareness in psychological problems and researches.
10 Competence to make use of applied and theoretical psychological knowledge to make contributions to industrial development and provide solutions to problems
11 To possess essential knowledge of techniques and instrumentation for psychological measurement and evaluation

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest