Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Understanding The Cinema ITM 035 0 3 + 0 3 5
Precondition Courses
Recommended Optional Courses
Course Language Turkish
Course Level Bachelor's Degree
Course Type Optional
Course Coordinator Arş.Gör.Dr. AYŞE GÜL TOPRAK
Course Lecturers Arş.Gör.Dr. AYŞE GÜL TOPRAK,
Course Assistants
Course Category General Training
Course Objective

As an introduction to cinema,  the course contains the historical development of cinema within its economic and cultural context; essential principles of cinematography; It aims to explain the main characteristics of aesthetic tendencies and theoretical approaches in cinema.

Course Content

The course contains the basic principles of cinematography, its cultural, aesthetic and economic context, its historical development and essential film analysis approaches.

# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 The student earns the basic knowledge about the development of cinema. Lecture, Demonstration, Testing,
2 watches essentials films of film history Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Demonstration, Testing, Homework,
3 Understands the basic principles of cinematography Lecture, Question-Answer, Demonstration, Testing, Homework,
4 Understands the economic political cultural context of cinema Lecture, Question-Answer, Case Study, Testing, Homework,
5 Learns the basic aesthetic tendencies of cinema history. Lecture, Question-Answer, Demonstration, Testing, Homework,
6 Understands the main approaches in film criticism Lecture, Question-Answer, Case Study, Testing, Homework,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 Introduction: What is cinema? Cinema and Representation
2 cinematic experience, spectatorship and cinema in the axes of cultural approaches
3 Basic principals of cinematography, classical narrative, shot composition, sequence, camera movement, editing, lighting, sound
4 Edwin S. Porter, David W. Griffith, film industry of Hollywood, aesthetic tendencies, silent comedies
5 Birth of cinema in Europe: Lumière Brothers, Méliès/ thinking on the style: alternative narration and the use of cinematographic elements, realistic approaches and examples
6 national cinemas and thinking on reality, Italian neorealism: directors, films, aesthetic tendencies
7 the culture industry and cinema; genre films, Hollywood and narrative patterns
8 French new wave: directors, films, concepts of subjectivity and objectivity in cinema, critical approaches
9 Post-fordist process and collapse of Hollywood studio system, Tahe birth of American independent cinema and economical-aesthetic transformation
10 grasp auteur cinema: characteristics, aesthetic tendencies: Bergman, antonioni, Tarkovsky, N.B. Ceylan, Zeki Demirkubuz
11 Third world cinema and communication policies: Developments in the world in the 1960s; third cinema concept and discussion
12 transnational cinema, film festivals, changing national cinemas, dependency and orientalism discussions in cinema
13 Feminist and Psychoanalytic approach in cinema, analysis of films
14 digital cinema, film philosophy, intersections and discussions in film studies aerea
Course Notes
Course Resources
Evaluation System
Semester Studies Contribution Rate
1. Ara Sınav 60
1. Ödev 20
2. Ödev 10
3. Ödev 10
Total 100
1. Final 50
1. Yıl İçinin Başarıya 50
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 2 32
Assignment 3 10 30
Final examination 1 15 15
Total Workload 125
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 5
dersAKTSKredisi 5