Texas State University is launching an honours course dissecting the work of Harry Styles.
Students embarking on the ‘Harry Styles And The Cult Of Celebrity: Identity, The Internet And European Pop Culture’ course are expected to begin their studies in Spring 2023.
Celebrity college course
Taking to Twitter, course leader Dr Louie Dean Valenica wrote, “It’s official, official. I’m teaching the world’s first ever university course on the work of Harry Styles,”
“Happening Spring 2023 at Texas State University… This is what tenure looks like,” the Associate Professor of Digital History at Texas State University continues.
A poster for ‘The Harry Styles And The Cult Of Celebrity: Identity, the Internet and European Pop Culture’ course says that it will focus “on British musician Harry Styles and popular European culture to understand the cultural and political development of the modern celebrity as related to questions of gender and sexuality, race, class, nation and globalism, media, fashion, fan culture, internet culture, and consumerism.”
The honours course will count towards Honors Studies, History (European or World) and International Studies at Texas State University. It will also be available in European Studies, Popular Cultural Studies, Diversity Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies courses.
In an interview with KXAN, Valencia said, “The way I like to describe the class is that it’s really about the history of the last 12 years or so,”
“So, it is about Harry Styles in the same way that some classes are about the Beatles. You might take a class like that to learn about, ‘What were the ‘60s like?’”
Valencia’s college class is innovative. However, this isn’t the first time a pop star has been the centre of a course of study.
Taylor Swift Course
Earlier this year, New York University’s Clive Davis Institute announced a course on Taylor Swift.
The Swift course began on January 26 2022 and was taught by Rolling Stone’s Brittany Spanos.
According to Variety, the course covers, “Swift’s evolution as a creative music entrepreneur, the legacy of pop and country songwriters, discourses of youth and girlhood, and also the politics of race in contemporary popular music”
The Davis Institute is chaired by musician Jason King and also includes classes taught by Questlove, Q-Tip and producer/engineer, Bob Power.
So, the real question – would you study a college course in Harry Styles?
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