In order to complete the thesis program, students have to succeed in seven courses (21 credits total) and Prothesis Seminar (NC).  They have to take at least two of the core courses, and at least two of the elective courses from the lists below. Thus completing at least four courses, students are free to take remaining three courses as free electives provided that they are approved by the Department. During thesis work, they also have to take Master’s Thesis (NC) and Special Studies (NC)*.

Required Non-Credit Courses:


MCS-500-Prothesis Seminar (thesis) – Prof. Dr. Raşit Kaya (NC)

MCS-599-Master’s Thesis (thesis) – (NC)

MCS-589-Term Project (non-thesis) – Prof. Dr. Necmi Erdoğan (NC)


Core Courses:


MCS-501-Introduction to Media and Communication Theory – Prof. Dr. Raşit Kaya (3-0)3

ADM-5117-Turkish Cultural History –  Prof. Dr. Necmi Erdoğan (3-0)3

ADM-5134-Media and Society – Prof. Dr. Raşit Kaya (3-0)3

ADM-5170-Political Economy of Communication – Dr. Barış Çakmur (3-0)3

ADM-5196-Cultural Politics –  Prof. Dr. Necmi Erdoğan (3-0)3


Elective Courses:


MCS-503-Sociology of Journalism – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Doğan Tılıç (3-0)3

MCS-504-Texts, Contexts and Readers – Staff (3-0)3

MCS-506-Ethical Issues In Journalism – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Doğan Tılıç (3-0)3

MCS-508- New Trends in Broadcasting – Staff (3-0)3

MCS-509-Cinema Studies – Dr. Özgür Avcı (3-0)3

MCS-511-Visions and Visualities –  Dr. Tatiana Mozhaeva (3-0)3

MCS-512- Media and Politics – Dr. Uluç Gürkan (3-0)3

MCS-513-Documentary Genres – Staff (3-0)3

MCS-518-Documentary Cinema Studies – Dr. Ersan Ocak (3-0)3

MCS-520-Mass Media Discourse from Ethnocultural Perspective – Dr. Tatiana Mozhaeva (3-0)3

MCS-501-Introduction to Media and Communication Theory – Prof. Dr. Raşit Kaya (3-0)3

ADM-5117-Turkish Cultural History –  Prof. Dr. Necmi Erdoğan (3-0)3

MCS-555- Myth-Legend and Fairy Tale - Dr. Anastasiia Zherdieva (3-0)3

ADM-5134-Media and Society – Prof. Dr. Raşit Kaya (3-0)3

ADM-5170-Political Economy of Communication – Dr. Barış Çakmur (3-0)3

ADM-5196-Cultural Politics –  Prof. Dr. Necmi Erdoğan (3-0)3

SOC-516-Gender, Media and Cultural Representation – Prof. Dr. Ayşe Saktanber (3-0)3

STPS-505-Knowledge, Science and Technology in the Information Age – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Funda Başaran Özdemir (3-0)3

THEA-351/451-Cinema and Reality – Thomas Balkenhol (3-0)3

THEA-351/451-Introduction to Video Production – Thomas Balkenhol (3-0)3


*Students have to register in their supervisor’s section in MCS 599 Master’s Thesis; and they have to register in their supervisor’s Special Studies course opened by the related department.




MCS 501 Introduction to Media and Communications Theory(3-0)3

As an introduction to theories of media and communications this course aims to offer to students a critical exposition of the explanatory frameworks provided by a range of different perspective. On the basis of an historical introduction it focuses on the theoretical contributions of major schools (namely, political economy, critical theory, structural and post structural approaches and cultural studies). The course aims a systematic expositions of the key concepts of each approach placed in its historical context and offers a critical and comparative perspective to assess the strengths and weakness of each theoretical framework.


MCS 503 Sociology of Journalism(3-0)3

The object of this course is to examine the profession of journalism in its relations to other socio-economic and political actors. The birth of journalism in an historical context and the relationship between the grand sociological theories and media theories will be studied. The relationship between media atmosphere (which consists of the level of democratic development, characteristics of state and government in a given country), nature of the media ownership and civil society, and the practice of journalism will be discussed. It will be argued that media are a constitutive element in the power structure of societies. Professional unions and existence of a professional ideology among journalists will be two major topics. Journalists' role in reproducing the dominant ideas and values will be discussed. The course also aims to develop a sociological model to understand the functioning of the media.


MCS 504 Texts, Contexts and Readers(3-0)3

The aim of this course is to construct a theoretical perspective for the analysis of media texts. For this purpose, theoretical approaches of Barthes, Bakhtin, Volosinov, Hodge, Kress, Fowler, van Dijk will be read and their methodologies will be disscussed. The course will focus on language and representation, social construction of media narratives, semiotic structure of different media, reading and signification, with a special emphasis on culture and power. Different media genres including news, TV series, serials, continuous serials, talk shows, reality shows, advertisements etc. will be analysed focusing on their narrative and semiotic characteristics.


MCS 506 Ethical Issues in Journalism(3-0)3

The course examines the key ethical issues confronting media professionals, journalists. 'What are the critical ethical considerations to which journalists need to be sensitive during the practice of reporting?' is the major question of the course. Topics to be covered include: What is ethics and professional ethics? Is there an ethics for journalists? Are un-ethical practices due to personal or structural reasons? What is the relationship between media and democracy? Ethical dimensions of infotainment. Ethical dilemmas in war and election reporting. Privacy, sexism, plagiarism and reporting on minorities. Ethical responsibilities in medical reports. Duty-based ethics versus virtue based ethics. Rights and responsibilities of journalists. Codes of conduct in different countries. Emerging ethical concerns in the new electronic media, etc. The course will emphasize discussion, debate and analysis of specific concrete cases from the international and Turkish practice of journalism.


MCS 508 New Trends In Broadcasting(3-0)3

Recent changes in the structures of the media organizations together with the newly developed technology has also brought important changes to the content of the broadcasting journalism. This course will aim top give students a critical understanding of these new broadcasting trends practiced today in media industry.


MCS 509 Cinema Studies (3-0)3

Cinema Studies is a broad field that takes as its subject matter the interdisciplinary study of various aspects of the institution of cinema. Cinema Studies encompasses the studies of the modes of production and distribution of films on the one side, and the various loci and nature of the viewing experience on the other. The two sides of this process are intermediated by the interference of social, political, and cultural factors that make history, of which the films produce a certain specific representation. In addition, this course will selectively focus on at least one period, one national cinema, one genre, one auteur and one film theory.


MCS 511 Visions and Visualities

Since the mid-19th century, people have been producing and consuming "technical images" increasingly. This course aims to discuss the changing visions and visualities in a historical depth for being able to understand (the visions and visualities of) our age critically.This course is designed in two parts. In the first part, we make a close reading of some constitutive articles and essays on visual culture. Hence, we make a theoretical discussion on the transformation of visions and visualities in modernity, throughout the history of cinematographic and televisual apparatuses. In the second part of the course, we concentrate on a more contemporary issue (such as medical imaging, new media, etc.), which is announced at the beginning of each semester. And we give all our effort to understand the cultural realm of this contemporary issue through its visions and visualities.


MCS 512 Media and Politics(3-0)3

The objective is to take an in-depth look at the relationship between media, the political system, and the public at large.


MCS 513 Documentary Genres(3-0)3

This course is designed to explore the various forms and the styles of documentary film/video. In this course the historical development of the documentary will be discussed. The main concern will be on identifying and exploring major directions documentary has taken. During the course the critical issues that arise along the way will be analyzed. The emphasis in class sessions will be on viewing. A tight and extensive schedule of screenings will be established. The goal is to view as much as possible. Students will be expected to be involved, in researching areas of interest outside of the class. For the most part, class sessions will be devoted to watching documentaries as well as lectures about documentaries.


MCS 518 Documentary Cinema Studies (3-0)3

This course aims to provide students with basic knowledge on documentary cinema. The famous and never-ending discussion on the definition of documentary will be the starting point. This discussion will be extended to other debates such as the problematization of truth in documentary; ethical issues in documentary filmmaking; sound as a constitutive component of documentary; and new forms of documentary filmmaking within new media.


MCS-520-Mass Media Discourse from Ethnocultural Perspective(3-0)3

This course examines theoretical and practical issues of cultural identity in Western and Eastern traditions. Special attention is paid to such dimensions of cultural difference as concepts of time and space, models of the self and traditions of signification. The course combines both theoretical sessions where relevant issues of cultural difference are discussed and practical sessions where students are provided with critical discourse analysis tools in order to evaluate mass media messages from different cultural contexts. As a result, contrasting Eastern and Western mass media discourse characteristics from ethnocultural perspective makes it possible to explore how identities are being formed and to consider how we could possibly shape them.


*Descriptions of non-MCS courses are given in the listings of the

related departments. In addition to the courses listed here, students can take any relevant graduate course offered by other departments upon the consent of the advisor.