Sunday 22 October 2017

University offers Beyonce course

Rutgers University in New Jersey is offering a course called Politicising Beyonce
Rutgers University in New Jersey is offering a course called Politicising Beyonce

Beyonce is one of the world's most scrutinised pop stars, and now that study is moving to academia.

The Department of Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey is offering a course called Politicising Beyonce.

Kevin Allred, a doctoral student who is teaching the class, told the university's online news site that he is using Beyonce's career as a way to explore American race, gender and sexual politics.

The class supplements an analysis of Beyonce's videos and lyrics with readings from Black feminists. Mr Allred said he is seeking to help students think more critically about media consumption.

Rutgers also has a class examining the theology of Bruce Springsteen's lyrics.

Georgetown University in Washington DC has a class called The Sociology of Hip-Hop: The Urban Theodicy of Jay-Z, focusing on Beyonce's rapper husband.

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