Higher Education: College Offers 'The Sociology of Miley Cyrus' Course

Miley Cyrus has twerked her way into academia.

The shock songtress behind the rump-shaking dance is a quick study on pop culture outrage. Now, select college students in Saratoga Springs can learn more about Cyrus' machinations and their impact via a new course offering at Skidmore College.

The course, called The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender and Media, is a 251-level special topics course taught by Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology Carolyn Chernoff. The professor encourages students to look past the colon in her course title and see what the class is really about.

“I was teaching a course called Youth Culture in and out of School, and the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) became the twerk heard ’round the world,” Chernoff said. “I showed that video to my class, and the students had so much to say.

Chernoff offers a hint of the themes the course will explore, saying while Cyrus embraces a "black sound" she does not discuss "white privilege" in her work.


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