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.
Course Description 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 Notes/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)

Suggested Readings/Materials

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 Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
30
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
2
60
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
3
70
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
30
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical 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
1
Presentation / Jury
Project
20
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
2
10
Final Exam
    Total
143

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To have adequate knowledge in Mathematics, Science, Computer Science and Software Engineering; to be able to use theoretical and applied information in these areas on complex engineering problems.

2

To be able to identify, define, formulate, and solve complex Software Engineering problems; to be able to select and apply proper analysis and modeling methods for this purpose.

3

To be able to design, implement, verify, validate, document, measure and maintain a complex software system, process, or product under realistic constraints and conditions, in such a way as to meet the requirements; ability to apply modern methods for this purpose.

4

To be able to devise, select, and use modern techniques and tools needed for analysis and solution of complex problems in software engineering applications; to be able to use information technologies effectively.

5

To be able to design and conduct experiments, gather data, analyze and interpret results for investigating complex Software Engineering problems.

6

To be able to work effectively in Software Engineering disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams; to be able to work individually.

7

To be able to communicate effectively in Turkish, both orally and in writing; to be able to author and comprehend written reports, to be able to prepare design and implementation reports, to be able to present effectively, to be able to give and receive clear and comprehensible instructions.

8

To have knowledge about global and social impact of engineering practices and software applications on health, environment, and safety; to have knowledge about contemporary issues as they pertain to engineering; to be aware of the legal ramifications of Engineering and Software Engineering solutions.

9

To be aware of ethical behavior, professional and ethical responsibility; to have knowledge about standards utilized in engineering applications.

10

To have knowledge about industrial practices such as project management, risk management, and change management; to have awareness of entrepreneurship and innovation; to have knowledge about sustainable development.

11

To be able to collect data in the area of Software Engineering, and to be able to communicate with colleagues in a foreign language.

12

To be able to speak a second foreign language at a medium level of fluency efficiently.

13

To recognize the need for lifelong learning; to be able to access information, to be able to stay current with developments in science and technology; to be able to relate the knowledge accumulated throughout the human history to Software Engineering.

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