Everyone’s gone GAGA

I couldn’t help but blog about the new Lady Gaga course The University of South Carolina is introducing. The course is a ‘sociology’ course which is dedicated the life, work, rise and fame of the pop star Lady Gaga.

Lady Gaga and the Sociology of the Fame is to be taught by Professor Mathieu Deflem, a fan of the singer.

Course documents said students would learn to “engage in sound and substantiated scholarly thinking” on issues related to her fame.

The course, which has its own blog, is due to start in spring 2011.

The professor said…

“So it’s not the person, and it’s not the music. It’s more this thing out there in society that has 10 million followers on Facebook and six million on Twitter. I mean, that’s a social phenomenon.”

The course description says it aims to “unravel some of the sociologically relevant dimensions of the fame of Lady Gaga with respect to her music, videos, fashion, and other artistic endeavours”.

This piece of news has gone completely viral and has pretty much overshadowed any political, local or global news. Maybe he has a point then?

Has everyone gone absolutely gaga? Or will this actually work? What sort of career do you think these students will be able to get? I’d love to hear your thoughts!!!!


2 thoughts on “Everyone’s gone GAGA

  1. I’m interested to know the effect of higher fees on courses. This one contradicts what I’d expect, since the US has had a market in higher education (with high fees) for much longer than the UK.

    It’s not just a question of do you want a degree in Lada Gaga Studies, it’s how much would you pay for it?

    (For the record, celebrity studies is now a recognised academic discipline.)

  2. Wow – I didn’t know that. Probably why was this such a big surprise for me. I suppose you learn something new every day!

    Richard – can I email you a press release? It’s a follow up about the PR campaign for Claire Anstey that you released an article for. I am on the team and it’s just a press release about Leeds Met students doing the PR for an ex TV star.

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