Communication and Media Studies

Film Theory and Criticism(CTV329)

Course Code Course Name Semester Theory Practice Lab Credit ECTS
CTV329 Film Theory and Criticism 5 2 2 2 2 6
Prerequisites
Admission Requirements
Language of Instruction French
Course Type
Course Level Bachelor Degree
Course Instructor(s) Ayşe TOY PAR atoy@gsu.edu.tr (Email)
Assistant
Objective Aim of this course is to gain knowledge about necessary theoretical
base, improvement process of various theories and their practices for
the students who will specialize in any field of film industry.

In addition, to teach valid theories about film critique that is usually
a determining element of production and evaluation process of a
film and to provide a base about application of critique against
various channels are also included in the aims of this course.
Content Week 1. Cinema and film researches as a scientific field:
interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and distinctive fields

Week 2. Realism and theorizing

Week 3. Sociology theories

Week 4.Cinema, history, culture: Annales School and historical film
reading approaches

Week 5. Semiological approaches

Week 6. Psychology, psychoanalysis and cinema

Week 7. Gender paradigm and feminist film theories

Week 8. Reception theories

Week 9. Film criticism: definitions, styles, fields

Week 10. Applying film theories to criticism

Week 11. National cinemas: film criticism as a national indicator

Week 12. Modern criticism theories: “Auteuriste” critics; formalist
and aesthetic approaches

Week 13. Genre criticism

Week 14. Political criticism
Course Learning Outcomes Students

- have the basic theoretical knowledge to do a scientific research in
the field of cinema and to work in this field
a. describe the relations between cinema field and other
social sciences and disciplines
b. know various film theories, their original
characteristics and classify them
- applies various film theories
a.apply theoretical approaches in film production /
development process
b.know researches done from the viewpoint of different
theories
-evaluate film criticism theoretically
a.analyse a film criticism in the context of theoretical
approaches.
b.evaluate and classify film criticism in terms of target
group and channel.
c.compare different film criticisms about a film.
write a film criticism.
Teaching and Learning Methods
References CASSETTI Francesco, Les théories du cinéma depuis 1945, Nathan
Cinéma, Paris, Paris, 1999
FERRO Marc, Cinéma et Histoire, gallimard, Folio Histoire, Paris,
1993
E. VANOYE et alii, le Cinéma, Nathan, Paris, 1998
ÖZDEN Zafer, Film Eleştirisi, AFA Sinema, İstanbul, 2000
CORRIGAN Timothy, Film Eleştirisi Elkitabı, Dipnot Yayınları,
Ankara, 2007
René PREDAL, LA Critique de cinéma, A.Colin 128, Paris, 2004
Marco BELLOCHIO et alii, Nouveaux cinémas, nouvelles critiques,
petite Anthologie des Cahiers du cinéma, Paris, 2001
Jean-Michel FRDODON, La Critique de cinéma, Cahiers du
cinéma, Petits Cahiers, 2008
Joel MAGNY, Le point de vue, Cahiers du cinéma, Les petits
Cahiers, 2001
AUMONT Jacques, Les théories des cinéastes, Armand Colin
Cinéma, Paris, 2005
SMELIK Anneke, Feminist Sinema ve Film Teorisi. Ve Ayna
Çatladı, Agora Kitaplığı, İstanbul, 2008
DÖNMEZ-COLIN Gönül, Kadın, İslam ve Sinema, Agora Kitaplığ
İstanbul, 2006
ÖZTÜRK S.Ruken, Sinemanın “Dişil” Yüzü, OM Sinema, İstanbul
2004
ÖZTÜRK S.Ruken, Sinemada Kadın Olmak, Alan Yayıncılık,
İstanbul, 2000
BAKIR Burak, Sinema ve Psikanaliz, Hayalet Kitap. Sinema ve
Eleştiri, İstanbul, 2008
GENÇÖZ Faruk, PSİnema, HYB Yayıncılık, Ankara, 2007
VISY Gilles, Films Cultes – Culte du Film, EPU, Audiovisuel et
cinéma / Cinéma, Paris, 2005
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Theory Topics
Week Weekly Contents
1 Cinema and film researches as a scientific field: interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and distinctive fields
2 Realism and theorizing
3 Sociology theories
4 Cinema, history, culture: Annales School and historical film reading approaches
5 Semiological approaches
6 Psychology, psychoanalysis and cinema
7 Gender paradigm and feminist film theories
8 Reception theories
9 Film criticism: definitions, styles, fields
10 Applying film theories to criticism
11 National cinemas: film criticism as a national indicator
12 Modern criticism theories: “Auteuriste” critics; formalist and aesthetic approaches
13 Genre criticism
14 Political criticism
Practice Topics
Week Weekly Contents
Contribution to Overall Grade
  Number Contribution
Toplam 0 0
In-Term Studies
  Number Contribution
Assignments 1 10
Presentation 0 0
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 1 30
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 2 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 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. X
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 X
14 They gain experience in conducting creative activities in electronic, digital media and film; in producing and working in groups X
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
22 They are familiar with the new conceptual and theoretical discussions emerging from interactive/digital media in terms of social sciences and humanities
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 1 28 28
Working Hours out of Class 1 28 28
Assignments 0 0 0
Presentation 0 0 0
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 1 9 9
Project 0 0 0
Laboratory 0 0 0
Other Applications 0 0 0
Final Examinations (including preparation) 1 20 20
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 85
Total Workload / 25 3,40
Credits ECTS 3
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