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Code HUM 214
Term 201702
Title Major Works of the Opera
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Subject Humanities(HUM)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 6.00 / 5.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Instructor(s) Fulya Celikel,
Detailed Syllabus
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Undergraduate
Type of Course Click here to view.
(only for SU students)
Mode of Delivery Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,Field work/field study/on-the-job,Recitation
Planned Learning Activities Learner centered,Guided discovery,Case Study

An introduction to the history of opera through detailed exposure to a selection of major works representing the development of the genre from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. Presentations and assignments will be organised around whole operas and their historical significance. An initial focus will be on the ways in which diverse forms of opera incorporate themes from myth, religion, literature, and history. Opera will also be examined as spectacle and as a multi-media performance art, and from the perspectives of genre, economics, modes of production, cultural expression, and history through opera. The reception history of opera and its adaptation to other media (such as film) will also form an important theme. Introductory information will be included about the musical conventions of opera and its terminology. In addition to the existing pre-requisite " to have completed 23 credits" for this course , a new condition will be added as "to complete SPS 101 and SPS 102 courses at least with D grade" as of the Fall semester of 2015-2016 Academic Year. Students who failed from SPS 101 and SPS 102 courses, do not have right to take this course.


To teach students how to study opera critically as music, theater, spectacle, performance medium, and cultural expression.

Learning Outcome

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
a) identify the defining characteristics of opera as a genre;
b) describe the main developments in the history of opera from its origins to the present day;
c) contextualise studied works of opera in terms of their historical and cultural background;
d) assimilate and apply new terminology;
e) take a critical stance towards scholarly processes involved in arriving at judgments about works of music and their performance;
f) deploy research skills;
g) demonstrate writing, presentational and organisational ability;
h) produce work to a deadline.

Programme Outcomes
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 4
2 Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 4
3 Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects. 4
4 Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 5
5 Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 3
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Arts & Social Sci.
1 Develop a thorough knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in the field and apply them in research design and data analysis. 3
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level. 3
3 Know how to access written and visual, primary and secondary sources of information, interpret concepts and data from a variety of sources in developing disciplinary and interdisciplinary analyses. 4
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Eng. & Natural Sci.
1 Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems. 1
2 Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. 1
3 Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively. 1
4 Ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose. 1
5 Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas. 1
6 Knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development. 1
7 Knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 1
Common Outcomes ForSchool of Management
1 Demonstrate an understanding of economics, and main functional areas of management. 1
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level. 1
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Final 30
Midterm 20
Assignment 30
Participation 10
Homework 10
Recommended or Required Reading

Instructor's materials on SUCourse;
Orrey, Leslie, Opera: A Concise History (Thames and Hudson, 1987);
Grout, Donald Jay, A Short History of Opera (Columbia University Press, 2003);
Kelly, Thomas Forest, First Nights at the Opera (Yale University Press, 2006);
Selected articles from Grove Music Online.