International Communication(COM308)

Course Code Course Name Semester Theory Practice Lab Credit ECTS
COM308 International Communication 6 2 0 0 2 3
Admission Requirements
Language of Instruction Turkish
Course Type Compulsory
Course Level Bachelor Degree
Course Instructor(s) Dilruba ÇATALBAŞ (Email)
Objective The aim of this course is to critically examine the theoretical perspectives, concepts and approaches in the field of international communication that have emerged since the early 20th century within the political and socio-cultural context of their era and in reference to the important studies of the major authors.
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Course Learning Outcomes At the end of this course students are expected to;
- understand the intricate relationship between the theories of international relations and the theories of international communication;
- recognize the role of propanda studies in the development of international communication as an academic area of inquiry;
- discuss the impact and consequences of theoretical perspectives including modernization, development, dependency and imperialism on international media and communications;
- explain the role UNESCO and other international bodies in the development of policies and instruments that concern international communication;
- recognize the contribution of current debates on orientalism and postcolonialism into international communication;
- understand the paradigms and criteria used to define comparative media systems.
Teaching and Learning Methods Participating Conference
References Selected readings:
Ole R. Holsti (no date), Theories of International Relations,

Scott Burchill, Andrew Linklater, Richard Devetak, Jack Donnelly, Matthew Paterson, Christian Reus-Smit and Jacqui True (2005) Theories of International Relations, Third edition,

Emel Akça (2004) “1990 Sonrası Türk-Amerikan İlişkileri ve İki Ülke Basınında Temsili: Karşılaştırmalı Söylem Çözümlemesi (Afganistan ve Irak Müdahaleleri), yayımlanmamış doktora tezi, Ege Üniversitesi.

Benedict Anderson (1983) Imagined Communities,

Armand Mattelart İletişimin Dünyasallaşması, İletişim yayınları, 2001.
İrfan Erdoğan (1995) Uluslararası İletişim, Kaynak yay.
William B. Gudykunst, Molefi Kete Asante , Eileen Newmark (2000) Handbook of international and intercultural communication, Sage Publications.
Hamid Mowlana (1997) Global information and world communication : new frontiers in international relations, London : SAGE Publications, 2nd ed.
İrfan Erdoğan (1994) Uluslararası iletişim : dünyanın çarpık düzeni,
Armand Mattelart (1996) La mondialisation de la communication, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France.
Robert W. McChesney, Ellen Meiksins Wood, and John Bellamy Foster (1998) Capitalism and the information age: the political economy of the global communication revolution, New York, NY : Monthly Review Press.
Sean MacBride...[ve öte.] Bir çok ses tek bir dünya: iletişim ve toplum - bugün ve yarın /; çev. Ertuğrul Özkök...[ve öte.] Ankara : Unesco Türkiye Milli Komisyonu, 1993.
Harold Lasswell (1927) Propaganda Techniques in World War I. London: M.I.T. Press,;view=1up;seq=269
Hallin, D. C., & Mancini, P. (2004). Comparing media systems: Three models of media and politics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Hallin, D. C., & Mancini, P. (Eds.) (2012). Comparing media systems beyond the western world. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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Theory Topics
Week Weekly Contents
1 Introduction
2 Theories of international relations
3 Propaganda Studies:1st World War
4 Propaganda Studies: 2nd World War
5 Modernization theory
6 Development theory
7 Mid-term exam
8 Dependency theory
9 Imperialism and cultural imperialism
10 New World Infıormation and Communication Order (NWICO) and UNESCO
11 Comparative International Media Systems
12 Globalisation and global media
13 Orientalism and postcolonialism
14 New media and informational capitalism
Practice Topics
Week Weekly Contents
Contribution to Overall Grade
  Number Contribution
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade 1 50
Contribution of final exam to overall grade 1 50
Toplam 2 100
In-Term Studies
  Number Contribution
Assignments 0 0
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 1 40
No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Will have effective written and oral communication skills in Turkish X
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 X
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 X
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 X
8 Will have the knowledge of analysis and modelling techniques to analyse interactive and conventional media and the communication environments and processes X
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
11 They learn sociological, cultural and aesthetic approaches in electronic, digital media and film
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
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 X
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 X
Activities Number Period Total Workload
Class Hours 2 14 28
Working Hours out of Class 1 14 14
Assignments 0 0 0
Presentation 1 6 6
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 1 12 12
Project 0 0 0
Laboratory 0 0 0
Other Applications 0 0 0
Final Examinations (including preparation) 1 14 14
Quiz 0 0 0
Term Paper/ Project 0 0 0
Portfolio Study 0 0 0
Reports 0 0 0
Learning Diary 0 0 0
Thesis/ Project 0 0 0
Seminar 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
Total Workload 74
Total Workload / 25 2,96
Credits ECTS 3
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