‘the Sociology Of Miley Cyrus’ And Other Useless College Courses

A Miley Cyrus college course is in the works

Dateline NBC 2014

Weve all heard the phrase Mickey Mouse degree, used to describe a useless higher education degree. Well, now you can actually take a Mickey Mouse Degree! Sort of. Skidmore College in New York is offering a course called The Sociology of Miley Cyrus, which gives students the opportunity to explore the journey of the Hannah Montana star, beginning with her days on the Disney show and culminating with whatever the hell she is these days. Attendees of Skidmore College can study ‘The Sociology of Miley Cyrus’ Theres a slightly more academic edge to the course than just flicking through pictures of Mileys transformation, students are invited to evaluate the notions of identity, media, entertainment and fame. Miley is just the hyperactive, peroxide lens through which they do this. If you think studying Miley Cyrus at college sounds pretty stupid, these other courses will totally blow your mind. Columbia College offers the opportunity to study Zombies in Popular Media, allowing students to study representations and their significance of zombies throughout history. Using critical theory and source material (including comics if you doubted the credibility of the module) students reflect and comment on the zombie figure. Sounds dead silly to us. Lucky Tupac fans at the University of Washington can sign up to study The Textual Appeal of Tupac Shakur, a module which relates the writings of Tupac to various literature. We imagine future conversations to go like this: “Who did you read at university?” “Oh you know, Jane Austin, Maya Angelou, Tupac Shakur” “Say what?”. If youve managed to get into a university youre probably more than capable of watching television without running into too much difficulty, although Montclair university offers support for those that do. How To Watch Television is a module on offer at the college, and educates students in analyzing television and the extent it should be, and needs to be, understood by its audience. Students are encouraged to assess the impact that television has on their lives. Between 18 years old and 21, the ages most people go on to higher education, its probably going to be quite a lot.
‘The Sociology Of Miley Cyrus’ And Other Useless College Courses

david beckham studies

The Hollywood Reporter reported on March 28, 2014 that a Cyrus college course will be offered in New York. It has been reported by the Saratogian newspaper that Skidmore College, which is a private liberal arts college in Saratoga Springs, is planning to offer a summer course called “The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender and Media.” More Photos View all 5 photos Visiting assistant professor Carolyn Chernoff has said, “You can study a lot of things based on Miley. She represents how transient wealth and fame can be, and shows how possible it is to change your image.” Chernoff first got the idea for this course when she was teaching a class on youth culture. At that time she screened a video of Cyrus’ twerking spectacle at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. The students gave a positive reaction to this which turned into a lecture at the college’s Women’s Center, and now the summer course. MTV reports Cyrus is now being called “a great case study”. Cyrus will be the primariy topic of a sociology class at Skidmore College this summer. Chernoff sees her life as a great lens through which to examine race, class, gender and media. Chernoff plans to discuss what it means to be an appropriate rebel female media figure. This sounds like a really fun course and is likely to be even more fascinating if Cyrus shows up for some guest lectures. Perhaps she could than be offered an honorary PhD in pop culture.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s