Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
LGBT Screens
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay 1  (2,000 words)  40%
Semester Assessment Essay 2  (3,000 words)  60%
Supplementary Assessment Essay 1  (2,000 words - essay to an alternative question)  40%
Supplementary Assessment Essay 2  (3,000 words - essay to an alternative question)  60%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Appraise LGBT representations in the cinema and on television, drawing on historical and contemporary academic debates.

2. Employ knowledge of a range of LGBT films and television programme from the early 20th Century to the present day in the form of reasoned critical analyses of particular texts.

3. Examine film and television texts in appropriate cultural, historical, and theoretical contexts.

Brief description

This module will develop students' critical understanding and theoretical engagement with LGBT representations in film and television. It will introduce them to key theories of gender and sexuality through a detailed study of a selection of on-screen texts and contexts.


Introduction: Key concepts

Film: Early representations

Film: Classical Hollywood and genre

Exploitation films

Television Drama

Factual television


LGBT Film Festivals

Asian Cinema: Case study

Reception contexts: Topical Case Study

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Students’ written communication skills will be developed over the two pieces of assessed work that they produce. They will be encouraged to produce arguments about the subject, using appropriate language and style and through structuring their argument and writing effectively. Students will develop their oral communication skills through seminar sessions which will encourage both individual contributions and group discussion, and, in some cases, will ask students to give brief presentations (in groups). Students will also be encouraged to answer and to ask questions in lectures.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will develop their critical thinking skills, and their ability to apply, evaluate and compare contrasting theoretical and critical perspectives and methods. Through small group discussions in seminars, students will be given opportunities to develop an awareness of the opinions of others and reconsider initial ideas if necessary, to apply and test theoretical claims and arguments, and to articulate and communicate their ideas.
Information Technology Students will be given opportunities to develop their skills using electronic search and retrieval of sources both on the web and through AU electronic resources (including Nexis) in the research they undertake for seminar preparation and their assessed assignments. Students will develop their research and referencing skills when analyzing, evaluating and referencing materials from the web and related sources, and will focus on the selection of materials appropriate to the task (seminar work and assessed work). E-mail and Blackboard will be the main forms of communication and information sharing in this module, so students will be encouraged to actively engage in these processes.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will be encouraged to take increasing responsibility for managing their own learning by preparing work independently for seminar sessions. Students will be encouraged to build upon the knowledge gained from lectures through developing skills in self-study (supported by the general and specific reading lists and other resources distributed throughout the module) Students will be encouraged to develop their confidence in articulating and discussing their ideas (individually and in groups) in seminar sessions and lectures.
Problem solving Students should be able to identify tensions and debates in the field. They will be encouraged to engage with, compare and evaluate existing critical thought and theory, and to identify and select the most appropriate material (academic reading, films and reception materials) to use in their assessed work.
Research skills Students will be given the opportunity to develop their research skills and apply and test the research methods necessary for their assignments within seminar provision. Students will be encouraged to evaluate, analyse, interpret and reflect upon a variety of primary sources that they will use in their assessed work and in seminars.
Subject Specific Skills See QAA Subject Benchmark Statement Communication, media, film and cultural studies (2016). Engage critically with major thinkers and debates within the field, putting them to productive use. Understand forms of communication, media, film and culture as they have emerged historically and appreciate the processes through which they have come into being, with reference to social, cultural and technological change. Comprehend how different social groups variably make use of, and engage with, forms of communication, media, film and culture. Make critical judgements in the understanding and evaluation of these forms. Consider and evaluate their own work in a reflexive manner, with reference to academic codes of practice and/or professional conventions, issues and debates. Appreciate and apply ethical consideration and judgement to analysis of production, distribution and consumption in communication, media, film and culture.
Team work All seminar sessions will enable students to work within a small group, and discuss and compare ideas. Furthermore, some of the required pre-seminar preparation will ask students to engage in particular preparation tasks in small groups.


This module is at CQFW Level 5