Tue Sep 02 11:06:58 SAST 2014

Beyonce is a new subject

Jan 29, 2012 | Wenn and Reuters |

HIP-HOP fans can now study Beyoncé thanks to a new course at America's Rutgers University.

Lecturer Kevin Allred has signed up to teach "Politicising Beyoncé" as part of the school's Women's and Gender Studies curriculum.

The class offers New Jersey students the chance to watch the pop star's music videos and explore how the Single Ladies hitmaker's image and music has affected the world.

An overview of the course on the university's website reads: "The performer's music and career are used as lenses to explore American race, gender, and sexual politics. Course topics include the extent of Beyoncé's control over her own aesthetic, whether her often half-naked body is empowered or stereotypical, and her more racy performances as her alter ego, Sasha Fierce."

The course includes class discussions, which "often lead to other vocalists, including Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Lady Gaga, and contemporary musicians who embrace the soul-singing tradition like Adele and the late Amy Winehouse."

Beyoncé's husband is also the subject of his own higher education course - Georgetown University is currently offering students the chance to take the "Sociology of Hip-Hop: Jay-Z".

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