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GRADUATE COURSES offered at BİLKENT:

COMD 511:Theory and Method in Media-Visual and Cultural Studies (Fall)

This seminar introduces the beginning graduate students to the most significant theoretical and methodological debates and issues that have been central to the field of media and cultural studies. It aims to provide students with a historical framework for understanding the key literature and research traditions within the field including readings from Marx and Engels, Gramsci, Walter Benjamin, Theodore Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Althusser, Raymond Williams, Stuart Hall, Roland Barthes,Noam Chomsky, Michel Foucault,  Edward Said, Homi Bhabha,  Jean Baudrillard and Frederic Jameson. The seminar is also invested in a conviction that graduate students will be more likely to design and develop original research in the field of media and cultural studies when they acquire a solid knowledge of a comprehensive range of research methods. So we will dedicate the last three weeks of this seminar to a very literal, practical and concise survey of research methods.

COMD 517: Holocaust Discourse:  On Politics of Representation, Memory, and Identity  (Spring)

This course examines some of the historical, visual, cultural, and legal discourses and debates that have contributed to the production of the Holocaust as not only a coherent and cohesive event, but as a touchstone of moral and political discourse by the end of the 20th century. The ‘Holocaust discourse’  today entails a decidedly powerful set of stories about pluralism, tolerance, democracy, human rights, and justice, extra-territorial quality of which has been captured by terms such as ‘cosmopolitan memory.’

This is not a history course. It is a quite multi-layered course that works through the relations between the politics of representation, politics of memory, and politics of identity looking specifically at the Holocaust memory culture in American life as a case study.

UNDERGRADUATE courses offered at BİLKENT:

COMD 341: Media and Society  (Fall)

This course examines the dynamic interrelations between media, society and the individual. It considers the question of how these relations are constituted, regulated, and mediated through the forces of the state, economy and civil society and assesses their historic transformations through the broader contexts of modernity, nation-building, technological change, neoliberalism, globalization, and war. The question of how the relationships of difference across class, race, gender, sexuality and individuality are constituted and mediated by the media will remain central to this course throughout.

COMD 365:  Media, Memory, Culture (Fall)

The complexity of human memory – how individuals remember and forget-  has been of central interest to cognitive science for decades. But how do societies, nations, cultures remember and forget? What is collective memory? How can memory be socially and culturally constructed?  What kinds of political struggles inform, shape, and even change collective memories? What is the relationship between collective memory and collective identity? This course examines the formation of collective memories and politics of the past through the lenses of a broad spectrum of media including architecture, monuments, museums, photography, cinema and digital media.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE AT UC-SAN DIEGO:

Fatma Ulgen, as a Teaching Assistant, was the recipient of the TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARD of the Center for Teaching Development at UC – San Diego during the 2002-2003 Academic Year.

University of California – San Diego, Department of Communication

Adjunct Professor, 2005-2009

Introduction to Communication (Summer Session I, 2009)

Media, Culture, and War (Winter 2009)

Contemporary Media and the Question of Compassion Fatigue (Fall 2007)

Holocaust Discourse (Summer Session II, 2007)

Contemporary Media and the Question of Compassion Fatigue (Spring 2007)

Images of Suffering and Atrocity in American Visual Culture (Summer Session II, 2006)

Holocaust Discourse (Summer Session I, 2006)

Politics of Human Rights (Summer Session II, 2005)

University of California – San Diego, Department of Communication

Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2001-2007

Introduction to Communication (Fall 2001)

Cultures and Markets (Summer 2002)

Feminist Theory (Fall 2002)

Introduction to Communication and Culture (Winter 2003)

How to Read a Film (Spring 2003)

Public Relations in Society (Summer 2003)

Introduction to Communication and Social Force (Fall 2003)

Introduction to Communication and Culture (Winter 2004)

What is Freedom (Spring 2004)

Holocaust Discourse (Fall 2004)

Introduction to Communication and Culture (Winter 2005)

Film History and Aesthetics (Spring 2005)

Introduction to Communication and Social Force (Fall 2005)

What is Freedom (Winter 2006)

Popular Culture (Spring 2006)

Visual Culture (Spring 2007)

University of California – San Diego, Department of Sociology

Reader, 2007-2008

SOCB 145 Violence and Society (Winter 2007)

SOCB 145 Violence and Society (Spring 2008)

University of California – San Diego, Eleanor Roosevelt College

Graduate Teaching Assistant (Summer 2007)

University of California- San Diego, Department of Communication

Reader, 2009

University of California – San Diego, Department of Communication

Reader, 2002