Media, Communication and Culture
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Introduction to the Major
Faculty members talk about what you can learn and what makes this major special.
We now live in a world where crossing borders is a matter of common practice due to rapid globalization. As people and information move at an unprecedented speed, at times we are faced with situations where we are incapable of dealing with reality using existing ideas or methods. It is important for us to observe "negotiations" and "conflicts" that occur in our everyday lives. In order to critically understand such events, we need to learn communication theories which explain the processes of establishing meaning in such relations. We must also understand linguistic and interpreting theories which explain the medias that prepare "settings" for such processes. Students majoring in Media, Communication and Culture will learn interdisciplinary theories and methodologies, and cultivate skills to actively engage with society.
Media, Communication and Culture is divided into four fields, Media Studies, Communication, Translation and Interpretations, and Language and Society, which all share a common academic outlook. Students of this major will pursue studies using the following guidelines:
- Students will learn the history of globalization and the trends of antiglobalization in order to direct their attention to the structure of authority, practiced in "local" and "national" settings. The importance of not forgetting the socially vulnerable will also be stressed.
- The subject matter to be focused on is hidden within our daily lives. The expressions and gestures that we casually use are those that have been given to us by society and are often subject to authority. Critical speculation of matters that we are inclined to overlook requires training. That is why we must understand language in social contexts and learn the reasons why certain words are translated into other words.
- Courses in Media, Communication and Culture are provided to fulfill the aims of the major. It is hoped that students will face and transcend the limits of their knowledge with creativity and perseverance.
In other words, while adhering to the most positive aspects of existing theories and research methodologies, they must also introduce new questions and research methods. Moreover, they must acquire an attitude in order to be able to critically reflect on the development and rise of new knowledge.