While plenty of musicians have been the focal point of college course all over the globe, the latest to find her way into the collegiate curriculum is none other than Miley Cyrus. Private arts school, Skidmore College, in Saratoga Springs, New York, will be offer a course on the sociology of the famous pop star this summer, called “The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender and Media.” Assistant professor Carolyn Chernoff says the class will consist of three two-and-a-half-hour sessions each week, where they will discuss ”core issues of intersectionality theory.”
“Unfortunately, the way we talk about female pop stars and female bodies, class matters, gender matters, sexuality and sexual performance matters, but race matters a lot [too] and the way we talk about white pop stars is quite different than how we talk about the bodies of women of color,” she noted. “[Cyrus] complicates representations of the female body in pop culture in some ways that are good, bad, and ugly.”
“Miley is white but wants to appropriate a black sound. She doesn’t discuss her white privilege.”
The class will also plans to explore Cyrus’s shift from Disney star “Hannah Montana,” to 21-year-old pop icon, and how her on-stage antics have led to discussions about her sexuality. So far the class three students enrolled, but it looks like it may fill up quickly as its gathered so much press. Let us know if you’d take the course and your thoughts down below.