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University of Victoria to offer course on the life and music of Beyoncé

DH Vancouver Staff Jul 08, 2014 10:11 am

The University of Victoria’s School of Music will be offering a 300 level course that studies the pop music of Beyoncé.

According to the university’s website, the course will be taught by Dr. Melissa Avdeeff who has recently given academic talks on Justin Bieber, A Tribe Called Red, BuzzFeed and music criticism, and musicians on Twitter.

“This course does not require any previous musical knowledge, but will involve a lot of music listening, video watching, and critical thinking,” states the course description.

Its course themes will include:

  • What is authenticity in music? How can we apply that label to Beyoncé and/or Sasha Fierce?
  • How does Beyoncé’s use of social media tie into larger issues of the fan/artist relationship in the digital world?
  • What is the importance or role of female sexuality in pop music?
  • Can we consider Beyoncé to be a black feminist woman? What do those labels mean in contemporary society?
  • How can we objectively discuss her music and videos?
  • Who is Beyoncé’s implied audience?

The subject matter will begin with her role as the lead singer of Destiny’s Child and will then lead to her solo act, film roles, and collaborations with Jay-Z.

The course is scheduled to begin in January of the upcoming school year.

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