551.330 (18S) Themes in “Film, Literature and Culture Studies”: Zero Patience - Representations of HIV/AIDS in Film

Sommersemester 2018

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05.03.2018 08:00 - 10:00 , N.0.27
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LV-Titel englisch
Themes in “Film, Literature and Culture Studies”: Zero Patience - Representations of HIV/AIDS in Film
Kurs (prüfungsimmanente LV )
24 (25 max.)
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zum Moodle-Kurs

Course begins at 8.15 (c.t.), not 8.00 sharp.

15min more sleep for all of us... :)


Intendierte Lernergebnisse

Students will acquire a theoretically founded comprehensive understanding of the interconnection between the emergence of New Queer Cinema and the rapidly shifting and diversifying representations of HIV/AIDS in film. They will develop a deep and contextualised familiarity with signature movies that they can select from a list of eminent examples.


The format of this class is based on active, responsible, and egalitarian student participation, and will have a strong workshop character. After discussing the general theoretical framework in the group, team-presentations will introduce selected films. One student focuses on the socio-cultural context, and their partner on the example film in detail. This is followed up by a student-driven Q&A to prepare for a collaborative in-depth analysis of selected scenes. The other students can then either write critical sportlights dealing with elements of the film, or peer reviews of their colleagues' texts. A willingness to contribute actively to a cooperative, supportive, and inspirational atmosphere is expected from all participants.


To give us enough time to work intensively with relevant films and contextualise them sufficiently in critical discourse, after establishing the basic theoretical framework, we will deal with ten of the following films (selected by the students):

  • Parting Glances (1986)
  • Longtime Companion (1989)
  • Zero Patience (1993)
  • Philadelphia (1993)
  • And the Band Played On (1993)
  • Jeffrey (1995)
  • It’s My Party (1996)
  • Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997)
  • Angels in America (2003)
  • A Home at the End of the World (2004)

  • The 24th Day (2004)
  • 3 Needles (2006)

  • We Were Here (2010)
  • Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
  • The Normal Heart (2014)
  • Holding the Man (2015)
  • It’s Only the End of the World (2016)

  • Theo & Hugo (2016)

During the wrap-up session at the end of the seminar, students will share and constructively discuss each other's ideas for topics for the seminar paper.


All movies are available from the course instructor, if needed.



Students score points for all activities during the semester, and assessment is a partially collaborative effort between the course instructor and participating students.

Compulsory team presentations of example films are worth up to 40 points (one assessment for all members). Additionally, students can choose to write individual short critical spotlights or review their colleagues' contributions for up to 6 points each (half of which based on student suggestions).

At the end of the course, the total of the points achieved translates directly into a grade:

1A = 100 – 91

2B = 90 – 81

3C = 80 – 61

4D = 60 – 51

5F = 50 – 0


For the introductory film presentations, students can choose to work on the film as a text or the context for one of the ten examples.

Students can freely decide on the topic for their critical sportlights, as long as they deal with relevant aspects of the film discussed.

Peer reviews are supposed to be constructive and help the reviewed person, pointing out strengths and weaknesses of their text.


The introductory team presentation of one of the example films is compulsory, and is worth a maximum of 40 points for presentation, Q&A, plenary analysis, and write-up.

Additionally, students can write either critical spotlights or peer reviews of their colleagues' spotlights. In both cases, up to three points per text can be achieved for the fulfillment of formal criteria, and another maximum of three points for the effectiveness of the text (suggested by reviewer and reviewed).

Students are expected to assess their colleagues‘ contributions realistically, and all suggestions will be discussed.


Note/Grade Benotungsschema

Position im Curriculum

  • Lehramtsstudium Unterrichtsfach Englisch (SKZ: 344, Version: 04W.7)
    • 2.Abschnitt
      • Fach: Advanced Culture Studies (Pflichtfach)
        • Theory and Methodology of Culture Studies ( 2.0h VO / 3.0 ECTS)
          • 551.330 Themes in “Film, Literature and Culture Studies”: Zero Patience - Representations of HIV/AIDS in Film (2.0h KS / 3.0 ECTS)
  • Masterstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 812, Version: 11W.1)
    • Fach: Film, Literature and Culture Studies (Wahlfach)
      • Themes in “Film, Literature and Culture Studies” ( 0.0h KU / 4.0 ECTS)
        • 551.330 Themes in “Film, Literature and Culture Studies”: Zero Patience - Representations of HIV/AIDS in Film (2.0h KS / 4.0 ECTS)

Gleichwertige Lehrveranstaltungen im Sinne der Prüfungsantrittszählung

Sommersemester 2020
  • 551.330 KS Themes in Literature and Culture Studies: Aspect of British Cinema (2.0h / 4.0ECTS)
Wintersemester 2019/20
  • 551.330 KS Themes in Literature and Culture Studies: Utopias from Thomas Morus to the Digital Age (2.0h / 4.0ECTS)
Sommersemester 2019
  • 551.330 KS Themes in Literature and Culture Studies: The Films of Quentin Tarantino (2.0h / 4.0ECTS)
Wintersemester 2016/17
  • 551.330 KS Themes in “Film, Literature and Culture Studies”: Unreliable Narration (2.0h / 4.0ECTS)
Wintersemester 2015/16
  • 551.330 KS Themes in “Film, Literature and Culture Studies”: Play the Game and After: The Theory and Practice of Interpretation (2.0h / 4.0ECTS)
Sommersemester 2014
  • 551.330 KU Themes in “Film, Literature and Culture Studies”: 50th Aniversary of A HARD DAY'S NIGHT. British and American Film Musicals (2.0h / 4.0ECTS)