Media and Discrimination


Potsdam University
6 ECTS or Pass
Wednesdays 10.00 am (CET) / 12.00 pm (Turkey)
14 WEEKS (04.11.20 - 10.02.21)


This Seminar is organized in partnership with Off-Universitiy and the University of Potsdam.

This course aims at focusing 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 LGBTIs etc. For this purpose, the course focus on the analysis of the media discourses, including news, ads., comics, serials, films and social media. The course concentrates on the analysis of the cases from Turkish, European and US media and includes exercises that will develop students' ability to identify and analyse discriminatory discourse of the media.


Learning Aims

• An understanding of the role of the media in dissemination of discriminatory discourses

• the discursive strategies of discrimation applied by different media types and contents

• diverse methodological perspectives for analysing media discourses of discrimination


A full outline of the course syllabus can be found here.



Having received her BA from Ankara University Faculty of Communication in 1993, Ülkü Doğanay received her MA degree in Political Science at the Middle East Technical University, and her Ph.D. at Ankara University, Department of Political Science and Public Administration. During her Ph.D. studies, she worked at the French Press Institute of Paris II University on a scholarship from Turkish Academy of Sciences. In 2009, she became an associate professor in Political Life and Institutions, and in 2014 she was appointed full professor at the Faculty of Communication in Ankara University, where she worked between 1994 and 2017. Among the courses she taught were Against Discrimination, Political Thought and Regimes, Interpersonal Communication, Contemporary Theories of Democracy, Democratisation in Turkey. In February 2017, she was purged from her post by an emergency decree 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.