Module code: 5WSEL009W
Credit Level: 5
Credit value: 20
Semester: 20
Day and time: 5–7pm, 4–7pm in weeks 1 and 6 only

Available to: All students, however some courses already include cross-disciplinary modules and are structured to offer opportunities to expand professional skills. Students on these courses are unable to choose Westminster Plus Electives. 

Please note: elective modules are subject to availability.

Module Leader: Dr Francis Ray White
Email: [email protected]

The LGBTQ Studies Elective offers an introduction to studying lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) lives from a range of academic disciplines and perspectives. The topic offers a rich entry point into explorations of identity, history, politics, and art/literature, as well as addressing questions around equality and diversity at local and global levels, in the family, the workplace, in the media and online.

This module showcases and draws upon scholarship and staff expertise from across the University, offering an interdisciplinary approach not possible from within a single discipline or department. Areas covered will range from politics and society to media and culture and include law, business and science. You will gain an understanding of the wider context of LGBTQ lives and reflect on how it interacts with your own experience.

Learning and teaching activities will include a lecture series delivered by module tutors, guest lecturers and external speakers, weekly discussion groups, and field visits and film screenings. Assessment will be based equally on an individual portfolio and a group project.

What’s the advantage?

This module is great if you are interested in:

  • Developing your understanding of LGBTQ history and interacting with a wide range of disciplinary approaches to understand LGBTQ lives
  • Showcasing how diversity enriches our local, national and global communities
  • Exploring how honouring identities, histories and narratives is essential for a diverse range of communities, organisations and networks