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Studying Beyonce… in Higher Ed?

Lately, Beyonce has been in the news a lot more than usual. Recently, without any warning(or PR), she released a self-titled  album to the public. She was also, debatably, the most talked about performance at the 2014 Grammy’s a few weeks ago. However, the most interesting news I (Pooja) have recently read about Beyonce has to do with the world of academia.

Rutgers University now offers a course called “Politicizing Beyonce,” in which her musical career is used as a lens to investigate“race, gender, and sexual politics.”  The instructor of the course, a Ph.D. student, says “he’s seeking to help students think more critically about media consumption.”

I am intrigued by this course, yet not sure what to make of it. Is this a relevant and contextualized way of studying issues of race and gender or is this normalizing our (society’s) idolization of celebrities by creating a place for it in higher education?

What do you think?

Read more about this course:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/30/rutgers-beyonce-course_n_4697541.html

http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/01/27/rutgers-beyonce-course-5-potential-lessons-on-the-syllabus/

Source: www.policymic.com
Source: http://www.policymic.com
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