Gender, Communication and Media(COM243)

Course Code Course Name Semester Theory Practice Lab Credit ECTS
COM243 Gender, Communication and Media 3 2 0 0 2 3
Admission Requirements
Language of Instruction English
Course Type Elective
Course Level Bachelor Degree
Course Instructor(s) İdil ENGİNDENİZ (Email)
Objective This course gives itself as objectives the study of the contribution of the media to the production and the reproduction of the genders, as socially constructed sexes and the usage of emerging medias by feminist and LGBTIQ+ movements.
Content (Subject Headings)
Course Learning Outcomes
Teaching and Learning Methods Theoretical background - presentation of scientific articles by students - brief analysis written by students.
References * The Women's Movement and the Media: Constructing a Public Identity, Elizabeth A. van Zoonen. European Journal of Communication (SAGE, London, Newbury Park and New Delhi), Vol. 7 (1992), 453-476.

* Feminism in the News / Representations of the Women’s Movement since the 1960s, Kaitlynn Mendes. Palgrave MacMillan, 2011.

* Women's Studies in Turkey, Necla Arat. In Women's Studies Quarterly , Spring - Summer, 1996, Vol. 24, No. 1/2, Beijing
and Beyond: Toward the Twenty-First Century of Women (Spring - Summer, 1996), pp. 400-411

* Gül Aldıkaçtı Marshall (2010) Gender Quotas and the Press in Turkey: Public Debate in the Age of AKP Government, South European Society and Politics, 15:04, 573-591, DOI: 10.1080/13608746.2010.524744

* Simten Coşar & Metin Yeğenoğlu (2011) New Grounds for Patriarchy in Turkey? Gender Policy in the Age of AKP, South European Society and Politics, 16:4, 555-573, DOI: 10.1080/13608746.2011.571919

* Feminist Approaches to Media Theory and Research, Editors Dustin Harp, Jaime Loke, Ingrid Bachmann, Palgrave Macmillan 2018.

* H. Leslie Steeves (1987) Feminist theories and media studies, Critical Studies in Mass Communication, 4:2, 95-135, DOI: 10.1080/15295038709360121

* Pınar Melis Yelsalı Parmaksız (2019) Thirty years of gender and women's studies in Turkey, Women's Studies International Forum 77

* Emma Alice Jane (2014) ‘Back to the kitchen, cunt’: speaking the unspeakable about online misogyny, Continuum, 28:4, 558-570, DOI: 10.1080/10304312.2014.924479

* Mari Lehto (2020) Bad is the new good: negotiating bad motherhood in Finnish mommy blogs, Feminist Media Studies, 20:5, 657-671, DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2019.1642224

* Anne O’Brien (2017) Feminine or feminist? Women’s media leadership, Feminist Media Studies, 17:5, 836-850, DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2017.1300593

* Jinsook Kim (2017) #iamafeminist as the “mother tag”: feminist identification and activism against misogyny on Twitter in South Korea, Feminist Media Studies, 17:5, 804-820, DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2017.1283343

* Ruth Lewis, Michael Rowe, Clare Wiper (2017), Online abuse of feminists as an emerging form of violence against women and girls, BRIT. J. CRIMINOL. 57, 1462–1481, doi:10.1093/bjc/azw073

* Bonnie J. Dow (2014), Watching Women’s Liberation, 1970 Feminism’s Pivotal Year on the Network News, University of Illinois Press.

* Dunja Antunovic (2019) “We wouldn’t say it to their faces”: online harassment, women sports journalists, and feminism, Feminist Media Studies, 19:3, 428-442, DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2018.1446454

* Ruth Pearce & Francis Ray White (2019) Beyond the pregnant man: representing trans pregnancy in A?Deal?With?The?Universe, Feminist Media Studies, 19:5, 764-767, DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2019.1630925

* Melike Aslı Sim (2020), An Ethnographical Approach: Female Blogosphere In Turkey, Mediterranean Journal of Gender and Women's Studies, Vol III (1) 61-82

* Cosimo Marco Scarcelli , Tonny Krijnen & Paul Nixon (2020): Sexuality, gender, media. Identity articulations in the contemporary media landscape, Information, Communication & Society, DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2020.1804603

* Catherine V Talbot, Amelia Talbot, Danielle J Roe, Pam Briggs (2020), The management of LGBTQ+ identities on social media:
A student perspective, new media & society ?1–22, DOI: 10.1177/1461444820981009

* Cilia Willem, Iolanda Tortajada (2021), Gender, Voice and Online Space: Expressions of Feminism on Social Media in Spain, Media and Communication (ISSN: 2183–2439), Volume 9, Issue 2, Pages 62–71, DOI: 10.17645/mac.v9i2.3851

* Josiane Jouët (2018), Digital feminism: Questionning the renewal of activism, Journal of Research in Gender Studies 8(1), 2018
pp. 133–157, ISSN 2164-0262, eISSN 2378-3524 doi:10.22381/JRGS8120187

* Zeynep Gulru Goker (2019), Memories, stories and deliberation: Digital sisterhood on feminist websites in Turkey, European Journal of Women’s Studies, Vol. 26(3) 313–328, DOI: 10.1177/1350506819855414

* Christiana Koutaa, Elina Kofoua, Akile Zorba (2019), Femicide in Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot communities in Cyprus: A pilot study, Women's Studies International Forum 77
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Theory Topics
Week Weekly Contents
1 Introductory lesson. Information / discussion on the concept of gender.
2 Information on the concept of gender (continued).Discussion over the play Nora - A Doll's House. History of feminism (introduction)
3 Feminist movement / women's movement. Article to read: Feminist movement and law-making in Turkey: a critical appraisal from 1998 to 2018.
4 Islamic feminism debates - examination of publications that can be accepted in this context. (Expected from students: Reviewing the publications in question in advance)
5 History of the LGBTI+ movement in Turkey
6 Gender and education
7 Midterm exam
8 Online visibility - online activism (Expected from students: Examining the #MeToo movement, looking at similar examples)
9 Online visibility – online activism (Criticisms, possibilities)
10 Body politics - Body shaming
11 Motherhood
12 Gender and working life
13 Hate speech / hate crimes
14 Public holiday
Practice Topics
Week Weekly Contents
Contribution to Overall Grade
  Number Contribution
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade 2 50
Contribution of final exam to overall grade 1 50
Toplam 3 100
In-Term Studies
  Number Contribution
Assignments 5 10
Presentation 0 0
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 1 40
Project 0 0
Laboratory 0 0
Other Applications 0 0
Quiz 0 0
Term Paper/ Project 0 0
Portfolio Study 0 0
Reports 0 0
Learning Diary 0 0
Thesis/ Project 0 0
Seminar 0 0
Other 0 0
Toplam 6 50
No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Will have effective written and oral communication skills in Turkish
2 Will have a thorough knowledge of at least two foreign languages X
3 Will be informed about art and culture, human rights, social, professional and ethical values, law and legislation, quality standards, and will be aware of their responsibility on these subjects X
4 Will have sufficient knowledge about social sciences, professions and sectors in communication and media, innovative and entrepreneurial practices X
5 Will have the ability to use, in an effective and creative way, the techniques and tools and information technologies necessary for interactive and conventional media, in the context of health and safety in the workplace
6 Will have the ability to develop documentary and fictional content related to their field for interactive and conventional media; also the ability to produce and manage this content in group
7 Will have the theoretical knowledge and ability to carry out and share scientific work on communication environments and processes of interactive and conventional media and on the individual and social outcomes of the latter
8 Will have the knowledge of analysis and modelling techniques to analyse interactive and conventional media and the communication environments and processes
9 Will have the ability to question and critically analyse developments and problems concerning interactive and conventional media and the communication environments and processes, will be aware of the public interest, social responsibility and the environment, will be sensitive to contemporary world’s and Turkey's current problems; will develop a libertarian, democratic, constructive and problem-solving approach X
10 They are familiar with the historical development processes of electronic, digital media and film; and the current developments in these fields X
11 They learn sociological, cultural and aesthetic approaches in electronic, digital media and film X
12 They learn the political economy of cultural industries, labour and production relations, analysis of marketing and consumption patterns.
13 They learn at a first level how to use the equipment necessary for the production of audio-visual content for TV, radio and digital media and of films in different genres
14 They gain experience in conducting creative activities in electronic, digital media and film; in producing and working in groups
15 They acquire theoretical information in the fields of public relations, advertising, integrated marketing communication and organizational communication
16 They are familiar with the research, planning, implementation and evaluation processes in public relations and advertising; they can create campaigns, present them effectively and write reports
17 They have knowledge of organisational communication, crisis and risk communication, reputation management, media relations, media planning, digital media management, brand management and interpersonal communication. They are able to carry out activities in these areas
18 They use public relations and advertising strategies and tactics appropriate to the specificities of conventional and new media
19 They are aware of legal regulations, ethical codes in public relations and advertising, and they remain faithful to them
20 They are familiar with the different theoretical approaches regarding the social place, role and functions of journalism as a social institution and phenomenon; they are familiar with the process of producing information for conventional and digital media X
21 They are familiar with the structural and technical specificities, management characteristics of conventional/mainstream media, as well as alternative media structures X
22 They are familiar with the new conceptual and theoretical discussions emerging from interactive/digital media in terms of social sciences and humanities X
23 They are familiar with the historical development of journalism in Turkey and in the world; they can analyse it in the context of social and political history
24 They have the ability to effectively use information technology, printing and publishing techniques; to write a press article using data collected on the web and on social media, to visualize this data and to publish it
Activities Number Period Total Workload
Class Hours 14 2 28
Working Hours out of Class 14 2 28
Assignments 1 2 2
Presentation 1 7 7
Total Workload 65
Total Workload / 25 2,60
Credits ECTS 3
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