Media and Discrimination

This course focuses on the role of the media in reproducing and spreading discourses of discrimination in the public sphere against refugees, ethnic and religious minorities, women and LGBTI communities etc. For this purpose, the course will focus on the analysis of the media discourses, including news, ads., comics, serials, films and social media. The course includes exercises that will develop students' ability to identify and analyse discriminatory discourse of the media.

By the end of this course students will gain:

- An understanding of the role of the media in dissemination of discriminatory discourses.

- An understanding of the discursive strategies of discrimination applied by different media types and content

- An understanding of diverse methodological perspectives for analysing media discourses of discrimination.

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Classes start on 16th October and take place every Wednesday:

Time in Germany:  12.15-13.45 

Time in Turkey: 13.15-14.45 (after 28th October 14.15-15.45)


About the instructor

Receiving her BA from Ankara University Faculty of Communication in 1993, Ulku Doganay received master's degree in Political Science from the Middle East Technical University and Ph.D. from Ankara University, Department of Political Science and Public Administration. During her Ph.D. studies, upon gaining a scholarship from Turkish Academy of Sciences she worked at the French Press Institute of Paris II University. In 2009, she became an associate professor in the field of Political Life and Institutions, and in 2014 she is appointed as a full professor at the Faculty of Communication of Ankara University where she worked between 1994 and 2017. Courses Against Discrimination, Political Thought and Regimes, Interpersonal Communication, Contemporary Theories of Democracy, Democratisation in Turkey are among the courses she taught. In February 2017, she was purged with an emergency decree of law and banned from public service, for signing the “Academics for Peace Petition”. Currently she is teaching at the School of Human Rights in Turkey, which is an online platform for human rights education. In May 2019 she was granted a gratis remote faculty position at the Department of Public Policy of the University of Connecticut. 

*** In collaboration with the Institute for Media and Communication Studies at the Free University of Berlin 

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