Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Special Topics In Cultural Studies: Knowledge, Power and Politics CUL 527 0 3 + 0 3 6
Precondition Courses
Recommended Optional Courses
Course Language Turkish
Course Level yuksek_lisans
Course Type Optional
Course Coordinator Dr.Öğr.Üyesi TUĞBA AYAS ÖNOL
Course Lecturers Dr.Öğr.Üyesi TUĞBA AYAS ÖNOL,
Course Assistants
Course Category Field Proper Education
Course Objective

This course aims to provide students with the abilities of close reading and in-depth study on a special topic in Cultural Studies. 

Course Content

This course addresses the relationship between knowledge, power and the practice of politics. It seeks to perform a close reading and an in depth-study of works of thinkers such as Hannah Arendt, Jürgen Habermas, Michel Foucault, Richard Rorty, Jacques Rancière and Slavoj Zizek.

# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 Knows the theories of knowledge and related political theories Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
2 Discusses the relationship between aesthetics and politics Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
3 Discusses the effects of knowledge technologies on daily life Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
4 Knows and discusses the theories of public sphere and biopolitics Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
5 Learns and discusses the discipline mechanisms of power Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 Introduction: On Knowledge, Power and Politics
2 Humanity, Politics and Aesthetic Judgment: Hannah Arendt
3 The Theory of Communicative Action: Jurgen Habermas
4 Communicative Action Theory: Jurgen Habermas
5 Public Sphere: Jurgen Habermas
6 Archeology of Knowledge: Michel Foucault
7 Madness, Civilization and Biopolitics
8 Discipline, Body and Power
9 Madness, civilization and biopolitics
10 Power and Mass Culture
11 Information Technologies, Surveillance and the Eye of the Power
12 Politics, Aesthetics and Consensus
13 Aesthetics and Ideology
14 Discussion
Course Notes
Course Resources

Rorty, Richard. Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1979).

Rorty, Richard. Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989). 

Rorty, Richard. Objectivity, Relativism and Truth: Philosophical Papers I. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.) 

Rorty, Richard. Essays on Heidegger and Others: Philosophical Papers II. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.)

Rorty, Richard. Truth and Progress: Philosophical Papers III. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.)

Rorty, Richard. Philosophy as Cultural Politics: Philosophical Papers IV. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Arendt, Hannah. The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951). (Revised ed.; New York: Schocken, 2004).

Arendt, Hannah. The Human Condition (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1958).

Arendt, Hannah. Between Past and Future: Six exercises in political thought (New York: Viking, 1961).

Arendt, Hannah. On Revolution (New York: Viking, 1963).

Arendt, Hannah. Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (1963). (Rev. ed. New York: Viking, 1968.)

Arendt, Hannah. Men in Dark Times (New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1968).

Arendt, Hannah. On Violence. Harvest Books (New York: 1970).

Arendt, Hannah. Lectures on Kant's Political Philosophy. Edited and with an Interpretive Essay by Ronald Beiner (The University of Chicago Press, 1992).

Habermas, Jürgen (1962 trans 1989) The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a category of Bourgeois Society, Polity, Cambridge.

Habermas, Jürgen (1984) [1981]. Theory of Communicative Action, Vol I: Reason and the Rationalization of Society (Book). Trans. Thomas A. McCarthy. Boston, Mass.: Beacon Press.

Foucault, Michel. The History of Sexuality, Volume 1: An Introduction. Trans. Robert Hurley. New York: Vintage Books, 1990.

Foucault, Michel. Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison. 2nd edition. Trans. by Alan Sheridan. New York: Vintage Books, 1995.

Foucault, Michel. The Archaeology of Knowledge: and the Discourse on Language. Trans. Alan Sheridan. New York: Vintage Books, 1982.

Foucault, Michel. The Birth of the Clinic: An Archaeology of Medical Perception. Trans. Alan Sheridan. New York: Vintage Books, 1994

Foucault, Michel. Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason. Richard Howard. New York: Vintage, 1988.

Ranciere, Jacques. Disagreement: Politics and Philosophy.(Minnesota Press, 1998)

Ranciere, Jacques. Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics. (Continuum, 2010)

Zizek, Slovaj. Sublime Object of Ideology. Verso, 1989.

Order Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 To gain ability to make data collection, consulting literature and analyzing which form scientific knowledge in the discipline of Cultural Studies. X
2 To have ability to study interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary and to adopt theory, method and practices used in the other areas to discipline of Cultural Studies. X
3 To gain ability to make data collection, consulting literature and analyzing which form scientific knowledge in the relevant discipline. X
4 To gain adequacy to make critical evaluation and synthesis; X
5 To have behavior and ethical sensitivity in conformity with academic life. X
6 To be open minded for renewal and new ideas and to obtain ability to suggest new ideas. X
7 To be experienced to contribute to Cultural Studies in the institutional and methodological context by scientific studies. X
8 To share his/her academic studies with academia via national and international conferences. X
9 To make a scientific research in the area of Cultural Studies based on an asserted thesis with gaining the habit of acquisition of research and project. X
Evaluation System
Semester Studies Contribution Rate
1. Sözlü Sınav 10
1. Ödev 30
1. Performans Görevi (Seminer) 30
2. Ödev 30
Total 100
1. Yıl İçinin Başarıya 60
1. Final 40
Total 100
ECTS - Workload Activity Quantity Time (Hours) Total Workload (Hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 16 3 48
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 16 3 48
Mid-terms 1 10 10
Assignment 2 10 20
Oral Examination 1 5 5
Final examination 1 10 10
Total Workload 141
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 5.64
dersAKTSKredisi 6