Institute of Graduate Studies and Research

Communication and Media Studies (MA)

Duration 2 Years
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About the Department

The Communication and Media Studies Doctoral Program at CIU has been designed to enable students to make in depth explorations of the major social, cultural and political issues which arise from mass communication. After completing a range of specialist preparatory courses, students will produce a thesis that is intended to make substantial and original contribution to their field of study. The main objective of the program is to educate students capable of producing original ideas and communicating these ideas effectively to students and their academic peers. Graduates of the program will be able to analyse and discuss contemporary developments and theories within various fields related to mass communication, including film and television, journalism, public relations, advertising, and social media.

Education Opportunities

The program is designed to offer students courses that focus on the use and impact of the new media as well as a variety of elective courses including Political Communication, Popular Culture and Media, the Media Organizations Management, Institutional Communication, Comparative Communication Systems, Film Aesthetics, Science Fiction Film and Literature, Contemporary Television Studies, Media and Audience Research, and Media History which allow students to improve themselves according to their own fields of interest. The program allows students to choose between the thesis and the non-thesis options to complete their degree. Students who join the thesis program are required to take and successfully complete 7 courses and 1 seminar course and write a thesis with an assigned supervisor. Students who prefer the non-thesis program are required to successfully complete 10 courses and write a comprehensive graduation project.

CIU Campus Students

Career Areas

The Communication and Media Studies Doctoral Program is designed to raise Ph.D. graduates who wish to reach the highest level in their field, having produced an original thesis related to the area of communication and media. The program also aims to instill knowledge and skills to the high standard necessary for the field of professional communication.
Graduates of the program have the opportunity to pursue careers in the following fields:
-Academics in public or private educational institutions;
- Supervisors in the professional communication sector, editor, editor-in-chief, media planning specialist, correspondent/agent coordinator, senior media analyst, sales supervisor, advertising/commercial director, advertising/commercial agent, budget analyst, representative for field sales, and video editor;
- High-ranking manager in public relations and advertising agencies;
- Manager in film and video production companies.

Contact

Institute of Graduate Studies and Research
Education and Graduate Sciences Center, GE106
Tel: +90 392 671 1111 Extension: 2214-2228
Institute E-mail: ciu-institute@ciu.edu.tr

Compulsory modules

First Semester
THEORIES OF COMMUNICATION

Course code

COMM505

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

10
This course is designed to introduce students the individual and social functions of communication along different theoretical approaches with political, social and economic process. The course is also focused historical development of communication researches and fundamental approaches, main communication theories, linguistic and semiological approaches, political, economical and cultural approaches and reformist theories.
ELECTIVE I

Course code

COMM5X1

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ELECTIVE II

Course code

COMM5X2

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ELECTIVE III

Course code

COMM5X3

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

Second Semester
NEW COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES

Course code

COMM510

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

10
Focusing primarily on the internet and digital cultures, this course will explore the theoretical and practical debates that have developed around the concept of ‘new media’. Topics to be studied include interactivity, social networking, media convergence, cyberculture and the emergence of ‘web 2.0’. Are these developments anticipated by pre-existing studies of communication practice, or are new theoretical models required to understand them?
SEMINAR

Course code

COMM590

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

5
Seminar presentation and group discussions on selected topics related subjects on communication and media, the course is non credit but students will be evaluated as satisfactory or unsatisfactory about the course and if a student gets unsatisfactory remark he/she must repeat the course.
ELECTIVE IV

Course code

COMM5X4

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

ELECTIVE V

Course code

COMM5X5

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

Third Semester
THESIS

Course code

COMM500

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

40
Supervised independent research on a topic agreed between the student and the supervisor (a faculty member) and approved by the Administrative Committee of the Institute. It is evaluated by a jury of three faculty members.

Optional modules

ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION

Course code

COMM508

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

10
This course is designed to examine the internal and external communication systems of business organizations. It is also examined that the uses of communication media such as internet and intranet in organizations.
MEDIA HISTORY:TEXTS AND CONTEXTS

Course code

COMM532

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

10
This course will examine the history of media and mass communication since the emergence of the printing press. The course will be organised as a survey of key moments in the international development of the media, but students will also examine key theoretical writings related to media history. Major topics to be addressed will include: the role played by technology in communication, the convergence between different forms of media, the connection between media and national culture, and the role of the media in the process of globalization.
SCIENCE FICTION FILM AND LITERATURE

Course code

COMM531

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

10
This course aims to teach students to develop an advanced understanding of critical perspectives in science fiction film and literature. In this context this course focuses on critical skills in thinking about the role of science fiction within contemporary societies. From this point of view, the course examines European and American science fiction literature and film traditions with a special emphasis on cyberpunk literature and films
FILM AESTHETICS

Course code

COMM513

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

10
This course aims to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for analyzing film as an art and an aesthetic category. The course focuses on film theories and film criticism and gives special attention to detailed film analyses. Within this context it examines and analyzes the film styles of “auteur” filmmakers and compares their cinematographic styles with those of mainstream filmmakers.
COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

Course code

COMM507

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

10
This course aims to explain and analyze the components and functions of communication systems in different societies. Starting with the authoritarian theories, the course progresses to the social responsibility theory of communication ın order to examine how theories emerge and spread within political systems.
MESSAGE DESIGN AND MEDIA MANAGEMENT

Course code

COMM503

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

10
This course aimed to analyse the forming and designing the planned message and its communication techniques and media within the framework of practices in strategic communication management. Relating to this, the case studies on how the effective media management should be are examined.
MEDIA PLANNING FOR BUSINESS

Course code

COMM512

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

0
In this course, students are introduced to communication as a key concept in strategic public relations and strategic communication. After the course, students will be acquainted with theoretical frameworks for communication as well as their practical implementation. Special attention is paid to the alignment of strategy and control. Students will be equipped with an in-depth understanding of applied social research as a means of evaluating strategic communication programs, knowledge on how social research contributes to strategic communication planning as well as strategic communication evaluation, an in-depth understanding of established methods and tools of communication control, i.e. systematic, integrated, both formative continuous and summative evaluation against the backdrop of communication strategy and the ability to systematically derive a communication strategy from an organizational or business strategy.
POPULAR CULTURE AND MEDIA

Course code

COMM511

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

0
This course focuses on various aspects of popular culture and the media, exploring the relationship between the two. The notion of popular culture and the role of the mass media as a producer and reproducer of culture for mass consumption is discussed from different theoretical perspectives, such as Marxism, Post-Marxism, Structuralism, Post-structuralism, Critical Theory, Feminisms, and Edward Said’s critique of Orientalism. The course also discusses how popular culture and media impact the ways we see ourselves, others, and the world around us, as well as our understanding of different aspects of social identity such as race, ethnicity, class and gender.
USES OF MEDIA IN POLITICAL COMMUNICATION

Course code

COMM504

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

10
This course is designed to study, the political communication, the political parties as an institutional brand and institutional communication management, the political candidate as an individual brand, political campaign planning, media planning in political campaign, news media and public relations.
RESEARCH METHODS IN COMMUNICATION

Course code

COMM501

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

10
Kitle İletişiminde Araştırma Teknikleri dersi, genel olarak sosyal bilimlerde, özel olarak kitle iletişiminde kullanılan araştırma tekniklerine odaklanmaktadır. Bu çerçevede, araştırma süreci, hipotez aşaması ve geliştirimi, araştırmanın planı, örneklem grubu, ölçme ve değerlendirme, güvenilirlik ve geçerlilik, açıklayıcı ve doğrulayıcı faktörler gibi araştırma teknikleri incelenmektedir. Ders araştırma kavramlarının ve yöntemlerinin yanı sıra, iletişim alanında yapılan bilimsel bir çalışmaya giden yollar ve aşamaları tartışmakta, öğrencilerin bu aşamaları kendi araştırma projelerinde uygulamaları sağlanmaktadır.
MARKETING STRATEGIES

Course code

BUSN532

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
This course is concerned with helping managers identify, select and implement strategies that would make their organizations more competitive in the marketplace. These strategies encompass decisions such as which "products" their firm offers and chooses not to offer, by the markets it seeks to serve and not serve, by the competitors it chooses to compete with and to avoid, and the level of vertical and horizontal integration it considers as optimal for all of its stakeholders. Specific ways to compete in the chosen "markets" will usually be characterized by one or more functional strategies such as product line strategy, positioning strategy, pricing strategy, distribution strategy, segmentation strategy, manufacturing strategy, information technology strategy, and global strategy. The intent of this course is to provide decision makers with concepts, methods and procedures by which they can improve the quality of their strategic (marketing management) decision-making.
STYLISTICS

Course code

ELLE505

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

MEDIA LAW AND ETHICS

Course code

JRN242

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

5
This course is a study of media law and ethics. It consists of two parts: ethics and law, media law specifically. It is designed to give an overview of the general concepts, problems, and specific cases in the fields media law and media ethics. Within this perspective the course starts with the philosophical investigations in ethics to establish a foundational ground for further discussions in media ethics and advanced analysis of media laws in major countries. Topics which directly affect people working in the field of media will be studied in greater detail. The scope of this course includes not only controversial issues such as news manipulations, truth, invasion of privacy, product placement, stereotypes, taste and taboos, analysis of news reporting on current events, media polling, defamation, copyright, as well as basic knowledge of law necessary for understanding media laws in certain countries affecting media institutions.
JOURNALISM CASE STUDIES

Course code

JRN450

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

COMPUTERS IN DESIGN

Course code

GRDE507

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

This course focuses on each student's personal design vision. Students explore the specific skills necessary to design posters, catalogues as a unique means of communication. The aim of this course is that introducing students and providing comprehensive knowledge with practices to Graphic Design and digital media applications. Working from concept to finished artwork, students develop to transfer the creative thinking to applications and digital Graphic Design tools, methods and strategies for producing effective graphic design solutions. This course aims to analyze and implement the basics of 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional modeling and design in graphic design by using Adobe Programs.
STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT

Course code

BUSN509

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

7
Designed to help the participants gain a better understanding of some of the most critical issues in the field of strategic management today. The issues addressed include: understanding some of the principal driving forces that will shape the future of international competition; the central role of corporate purpose to strategy in individual firms; the role of capital markets and corporate financial policies in shaping a firm's competitiveness in global markets; the identification of appropriate boundaries for a firm, including strategic alliances and the degree of diversification; the future of the implicit “contract” between employees and the corporation, and its implications for the meaning people find in their work and for the creation of knowledge-based competitive advantages; and the future evolution of corporate governance (particularly the role of boards of directors and institutional shareholders).
ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT

Course code

BUSN513

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
This course is structured to inform the MBA students about contemporary applications of management. With this basic approach the topics include knowledge society and organizations, information technologies, globalization and organizations, TQM, core competence, outsourcing, hybrid, organizations, downsizing, sub – contracting, lean organizations and cluster organizations. This course examines organizational theory, practice and learning in the context of rapidly changing competitive and economic environments. Strategies and tactics for growth and performance improvement are explored. This course covers issues of current relevance, including social networks, knowledge management, innovation, organizational learning and design thinking.
INTEGRATED MARKETING COMMUNICATION

Course code

ADPR428

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

0
This course aims to provide students with insights into the coordination and integration of marketing communication tools, avenues, and sources into a seamless program which maximizes the impact on consumers at a minimal cost. This integration is studied in relation to a firm’s business-to-business, marketing channel, customer focused, and internally directed communications in their entirety. Integrating advertising and other marketing communications becomes extremely important in highly competitive trade arenas and advertising alone does not guarantee sales. This course will thus enable students to understand the importance of the strategic integration of marketing mix elements, as well as the value of strategic communication in gaining new customers.
LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE

Course code

ELLE501

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

FILM ANALYSIS

Course code

RTV342

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

POLITICAL COMMUNICATION AND PROPAGANDA

Course code

COMM614

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

10
The main subjects of this course are political communication activities, elections campaigns and positions of women, young, old people, workers and lobours in campaigns different social institutions such as political parties, lobby groups, trade unions, trade associations, federations and confederations, non – governmental organizations. In addition to that the course will focus on effective propaganda techniques to be able to affect choice of voter by analyzing previous election campaign strategies of parties.
ORGANIZATION BEHAVIOUR

Course code

BUSN566

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

7
The aim of the course is to provide students with a basic concepts related to organizational behavior and show them how individual and group behavior is important for the management of an organization.
Political Economy and Media

Course code

COMM457

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

5
Political Economy and Media
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Course code

BUSN512

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

7
Managing human capital in the new economy is a challenge all business professionals face. This course addresses that challenge by retaining its unique orientation to overall practicality and real-world application incorporating technology, teams and virtual learning methods. Practical tips and suggestions provide effective ways of dealing with problems in communication, leadership, discipline, performance appraisal, labor relations, and compensation administration.
TYPOMORPHOLOGICAL ANALYSIS IN URBAN STUDIES

Course code

ARCH536

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

MEDIA PLANNING

Course code

ADPR423

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

4
This course is designed to teach students the principals of media planning. Major media concepts, media research, and strategic media planning are explored in this course in order to help students extend their understanding of the media planning processes. Hence the course teaches students the ways in which marketing problems can be solved through an analysis of how the media operate and the relationships between the advertiser, the agency and the media. In an interactive class, drawing on real-world media situations, the students will discuss and review various decisions and problems that arise in a variety of media planning processes.
MEDIA LAW AND ETHICS

Course code

COMM242

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

0
This course is a study of media law and ethics. It consists of two parts: ethics and law, and media law specifically. It is designed to give an overview of the general concepts, problems, and specific cases in the fields of media law and media ethics. Within this perspective, the course starts with philosophical investigations in ethics to establish a foundational ground for further discussions in media ethics and advanced analysis of media laws in major countries. Topics which directly affect people working in the field of media will be studied in greater detail. The scope of this course includes issues such as news manipulation, the invasion of privacy, product placement, stereotypes, taste and taboos, analysis of news reporting on current events, media polling, defamation, copyright, as well as basic knowledge of law necessary for understanding media laws which affect media institutions in various countries.
CONSUMER BEHAVIOR

Course code

BUSN535

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

RESEARCH METHODS

Course code

EMNT525

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

SPACE, PLACE AND PLACE - MAKING

Course code

ARCH541

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

Students who are interested in pursuing advanced graduate studies leading to a master’s, doctoral degree, or professional doctorate degree for the Fall and Spring semesters every year. Applicants can directly apply online to our graduate programs using the application portal.

TRNC Applicants- Required documents:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Diploma
  • Bachelor’s Degree transcripts for each completed academic term/year.
  • Documents to prove English proficiency for English language departments,
  • Scanned copy of passport or identity card.

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Students who are interested in pursuing advanced graduate studies leading to a master’s, doctoral degree, or professional doctorate degree for the Fall and Spring semesters every year. Applicants can directly apply online to our graduate programs using the application portal.

International Applicants- Required documents;

  • Bachelor’s Degree Diploma
  • Bachelor’s Degree transcripts for each completed academic term/year.
  • Evidence of English Language competence: TOEFL (65 IBT) or IELTS (5.5). Students without these documents will take the CIU English proficiency exam on campus following arrival.
  • Scanned copy of international passport/birth certificate
  • CV
  • Fully completed and signed CIU Rules and Regulations document (which can be downloaded during the online application)

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Fee pe​r course     € 350,00
Fee for thesis     € 1.050,00
Fee for seminar     € 120,00 
Scientific Foundation per course     € 150,00
Registration and other fees* € 245,00
Student Union fee € 50,00    
  VAT Exc.

*Applies to 1st. Year students. € 195,00 for others.