Colgate University

First-Year Course Offerings — Fall 2020

FSEM 163   Intro to Film and Media Studie
RestrictionsNo 2023 2022 2021 Instr perm req during Drop/Add
DistributionHuman Thought and Expression
Core AreaNone

Faculty Profile for Professor Maitra

From the films we watch to the personal profiles we maintain online, media saturates our lives. Lockdowns and quarantines brought on by the pandemic have made our experience of the world even more intensely mediated. Students focus on the workings and social effects of several mass media—film, television, and the internet. Students examine their unique histories, technological specificities, and their interactions with each other in the digital age. Students learn how to analyze media by paying attention to content as well as form/aesthetics. This course is discussion-driven and also has a mandatory weekly screening. Students who successfully complete this seminar will receive credit for FMST 200 and satisfy one half of the Human Thought and Expression area of inquiry requirement.

Professor Maitra works at the intersection of film and media studies, globalization studies, and critical race theory. He teaches Intro to Film and Media regularly and is excited to offer it as an FSEM. He has just published a book on the relationship between media and identity politics in a capitalist world. You can check out the book here: