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This course aims to analyze the role of media and its links to and potential effects on International relations. The course is designed to provide the students with a critical evaluation on media-power relationship.
The rapid development of media: From the First Newspaper to Cyber Media. International Relations Theories: Realism, Liberalism, Constructivism. “Hypodermic” Model, Functionalism, Conflict Theory. Symbolic Interactionism, Moral Panic Theory and Postmodern Theory. Media Analysis: Who Says What on Which Channel to Whom with What Effect and Why? Code, Encoding and Decoding. Media Analysis: Television News. Media Analysis: “Rally ‘Round the Flag Syndrome” and Media as a Means of Propaganda. Media Analysis: Media as a Means of Resistance. Media Analysis: War and Peace in Media. The 1991 Gulf War and CNN. The 2003 Iraq Occupation and Al-Jazeera. Media’s Trial with September 11. Media’s Trial with the Government in Turkey.
Upon succesful completion of this course, a student will be able to
1. Design different perspectives about the role of media
2. Describe main media theories, such as the “hypodermic” model, functionalism, conflict theory, symbolic interaction, moral-panic theory and postmodern theory
3. Evaluate and question media – power relationship
4. Recite coding, encoding and decoding
5. Critically evaluate the “rally around the flag” syndrome
6. Demonstrate how media can become a means of propaganda and power
7. Reveal how media can become a means to resist (authoritarian) governments