A university in Denmark, university of Copenhagen is offering a course based on Beyoncé’s life, several reports claim.
According to television station TV2, around 75 students have signed up.
The course called Beyoncé, Gender and Race is being taught by Professor Erik Steinskog who told the Danish broadcaster that he’d be presenting the singer’s lyrics, videos and performances to students.
He says it’s designed to be an academic course where arts and cultural studies undergraduates can pick up credits towards their degree.
“We will analyse her songs and music videos,” he says. “There will be a focus on gender, sexuality and race.
“One of the goals is to introduce black feminist thought, which is not very well known in Scandinavia.
“Beyonce is important in understanding the world we live in. [She] is one of the biggest pop artists today, which makes her important in an analysis of contemporary times.”
The University of Copenhagen’s magazine, Uniavisen, says the Beyoncé class is now full.
Prof Steinskog admits he’s a big fan of the singer and says she’s a good indicator of where pop music is heading.
“She’s a controversial feminist, which is crucial. She makes us consider what it means to be a feminist – or what it can mean, but her feminism is addressed to a non-academic audience.
“It is hard not to be impressed. She is extremely good at what she does. Life is too short to work with music I don’t like.”
This is not the first time universities will be offering courses of the life of an entertainer; Rutgers University in the US state of New Jersey launched a class called Politicising Beyonce through its Department of Women’s and Gender Studies in 2014.
Georgetown University also had a class called The Sociology of Hip-Hop: The Urban Theodicy of Jay-Z, focusing on Beyonce’s rapper husband.