Media and film studies

Sexualities and the Cinema

Module code: P3057
Level 6
30 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Film, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module centres on the critical study of sexualities and how they are represented in a range of film texts. Through screenings, lectures, seminars and self-directed study, you will be introduced to the various ways in which sexualities have been both theorised and represented in a range of film texts.

Debates considered in the module may include:

  • the politics of sexual identification
  • the idea of sexual ‘perversity’
  • sexual stereotyping (especially of lesbians and gays)
  • and the critical concept of ‘queer’ in theory
  • identity politics and cinematic genre (queer cinema).

Module learning outcomes

  • Analyse representations of sexuality in film texts.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the history of official and unofficial sexualities
  • Select and evaluate competing theories of sexuality
  • Show systematic knowledge and understanding of the importance of sexuality in the formation of identity