Koç University

International Summer School



ARTS 350: Visual Arts: Can Maden

ARTS 203: Basic Studio Drawing: Can Maden

The goal of this course is to initiate the student in the basic drawing techniques and to enable the student to enter a gallery or a museum and understand the exhibition. It is designed for the students who have had little or no training in art. The hands-on approach will enhance the coordination between the hand and the eye.

ARTS 452: Performance Studies Lab

This course is designed to be an arts course for students who have taken at least one or two arts courses, and interested in artistic avant-garde movements and performance/dance history, and eager to watch documentaries and do presentations. The class could welcome all students from all departments, since the very presentations will develop their ability to take active roles in their professional careers and encourage them to make research related to art history and specifically performance arts history. It will be in a way presented in the form and method of the course given this summer (dance history elective arts 201). If necessary the instructor will encourage students to do performative presentations through which they will have a chance to investigate the performative side of the subject by engaging their creativity.

ARTS 201: The Art of Dance: Bedirhan Dehmen

Development of Western theatrical dance from late Renaissance to present day, focusing on late 19th and 20th century dance trends. Aesthetic expression of ballet and modern dance in Europe and North America with emphasis on socio-political issues; the use of dance as a social and religious practice throughout history. Includes video, slides, and sound recordings.

ARTS 351: Women in Film (Crosslisted with Gender) Ela Başak Atakan

This course is a survey of women filmmakers' journey since the dawn of cinema starting with Maya Deren and ending in contemporary film today. Pausing to contemplate the mastery of Jane Campion's films, such as Sweetie, An Angel At My Table, The Piano and Portrait of a Lady, this course explores why cinema hasn't seen enough women film directors. The students will also be made familiar with the works of women screenwriters, editors, casting directors in the film industry.
Although this course takes interest in the toils and troubles of women as filmmakers -and not as subject matter-, in order to understand the female gaze, we will make an obligatory stop at the "male gaze", through the works of Antonioni and Bunuel.
We will end on a promising note as we will scrutinize the ample body of work presented by international women directors of the last decade from countries such as Argentina, France and Iran as we come closer to home, to Turkish women in film.
Screenings include: Lina Wertmüller's Swept Away , Catherine Breillat's Fat Girl , Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding , Rebecca Miller's Personal Velocity, Niki Caro's Whale Rider and Sally Potter's Orlando.

ARTS 352: Photography: Laleper Aytek

ARTS 450: Advance Photography: Laleper Aytek

MUSC 402: Western Music in the Ottoman Empire: Evren Kutlay

In the Ottoman Empire history, 19th century represents the beginning of a westernization process. This movement involves westernization in social, political and economical areas as well as music. With the entrance of polyphonic western music into the Ottoman Court, beginning with Selim III., but mainly during the period of Mahmud II., a great reconstruction in the Ottoman music begins. The reformations of Mahmud II., which were the first movements of polyphony in Turkey, were a break point in the Turkish music history, preparing the understanding and state politics of western music at the very beginning of Turkish Republic and there on. In this course, we will discuss each ruling Sultans' music politics, western musicians employed by the Sultans and their works, the establishment and works of "Muzıka-ı Hümayün", European musicians who settled in or visited the Ottoman lands and gave concerts, composed, and thought music, as well as Turkish musicians who were sent to Europe by the Sultans to study music and later worked for the development of western music in the Ottoman Empire. Listening examples will be an integral part of the class work used to illustrate points of class discussion.

MUSC 200: Introduction to Music: Evren Kutlay - Ozan Baysal

A listener's introduction to musical styles of the Renaissance, high baroque, Viennese classical, romantic, and contemporary periods; guided analytic listening to selected works of important composers. No previous musical background required.

MUSC 350: Selected Topics: Listening to Istanbul: Music in Context: Ozan Baysal

The aim of this course is to give a musico-sociological investigation of the musics of Istanbul as a window to have a deeper look at the city's cultural mosaic. Different styles and genres of music will be covered throughout history, all of which will be reflecting the expansion of a city's culture, its transformations, developments and influences. Overviews will be provided by the instructor and the students are expected to read scholarly and popular texts from across a variety of sources, and listen to a rich repertoire of recordings. They are also expected to participate in class discussion. Musical training or background in music is not necessary.

ARTS 450: Film, Genre, Gender (Crosslisted with Gender): Cüneyt Çakırlar

This course focuses on the intersections and interactions between gender, sexuality, genre/style, and cinematic/filmic practice. Through the select case studies ranging from melodrama to documentary, the class is expected to gain a critical insight and to articulate relations between visual media and gendered embodiment, aesthetic form and politics of representation. The module's focus will be not limited to the classic examples of film history - those in which genre "haunts" gender relations - but expanded to contemporary examples of feminist/queer film and video-art where gender-genre relations are made radically visible via pastiche, parody and generic ambivalence.

ARTS 312: World Cinema: David O'Regan

An introductory examination of the achievements of internationally renowned directors, important film movements and national film cultures. Interdisciplinary study and reflection on contributions made to political and aesthetic debates. An introduction to basic scholarly and evaluative approaches to film. Screenings, readings, discussions and critical papers.

ARTS 315: American Cinema: Anna McMurray

Discussion based class of the relationship between American cinema and the history, politics and culture it invokes. Each film will be followed by a discussion of its relevance within a larger topic, genre, or historical moment. Course requirements include active participation in discussion and group activities, short writing assignments or film responses, and related readings.

ARTS 214: European Cinema: Karen Zahorchak

European cinema from approximately 1960 to the present. Differences in style and context of European Films, American Films, and among national cinemas. British Social Realism movement and the western European Renaissance films of Fellini, Bergman, Bertolucci, and Antonioni; the European identity through films.

ARTS 451: Documentary Film: Karen Zahorchak