Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This unit will examine lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered characters on television and in film. Beginning with a historical examination of queer absences, demonisation and subtextual representation, the course will move on to early examples of queer characters in film and television. We will then explore in close detail significant contemporary queer film and television texts. The course will ask students to interrogate not only the positive or negative implications of these characters and images, but what political and cultural specificities they represent. We will also engage with the critical discourses surrounding LGBT film and television, addressing major theorists and theoretical trends in the analysis of these texts. In order to hone students' research skills, the final major assessment will constitute a research paper on queer representation in a film or television series of their choice.


Not currently offered.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): FILM3280. Students who have successfully completed FILM3280 are not eligible to enrol in FMCS3901.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Explain the histories and contexts of LGBT representation in film and television.

2. Critically analyse queer content in film and television texts.

3. Demonstrate knowledge of critical discourses on queer screen texts.

4. Formulate proposals for original research projects and undertake scholarly research


Course topics may include:

  • Gay and lesbian representation in classical Hollywood.
  • Early examples of LGBT representation on television
  • New Queer Cinema
  • LGBT representation in contemporary television
  • LGBT representation in contemporary world cinema

or other similar topics, as appropriate.


This course replaces FILM3280. If you have successfully completed FILM3280 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

60 units at 1000 level

Assessment items

Essay: Essay / Written Assignment 1

Essay: Essay / Written Assignment 2

Journal: Journal