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GNDR 369 GLBT Issues In Literature and Film

Once a uniformly banned and censored subject, these orientations have been treated with increasing frequency in modern culture. This course examines history and themes in the presentation of "glbt" people, by "glbt" people in novels, plays, poetry, essays, documentaries and films. The course examines perceived notions of the relationship between gender and sexuality, and common themes in the material, including love, desire, tolerance, conflict and social change.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective December 16, 2009 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Analyze the connections between gender and sexuality implicit and explicit within these cultural productions at an advanced collegiate level.
  • Critically examine various literary, filmic, and/or documentary cultural productions by or focused on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) people.
  • Identify and explain the particular social, economic, historical, discursive, aesthetic, and political factors that influence the development of these cultural productions at an advanced collegiate level.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within a historical and social context.
  • Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
  • Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.

Goal 7: Human Diversity

  • Understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States' history and culture.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
  • Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.
  • Describe and discuss the experience and contributions (political, social, economic, etc.) of the many groups that shape American society and culture, in particular those groups that have suffered discrimination and exclusion.
  • Demonstrate communication skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with great population diversity.