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OMG: U of South Carolina adds Lady Gaga sociology course

Jenna Johnson

Yup, you read that headline right -- next spring the University of South Carolina will offer a course called, "Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame."

OMG, OMG, OMG. Coolest class ever, right?

The course will be taught by Mathieu Deflem, a longtime sociology professor at the college whose focus is usually criminology, policing and the sociology of law. But, as the Daily Gamecock reports, he is also a huge Lady Gaga fan.

The course will examine how exactly Lady Gaga managed to become so famous so quickly. Right now, the pop diva has more then 10 million Facebook fans and 6 million Twitter followers. (And yet again she is one of the year's most popular Halloween costumes.)

"What is important about the course is it isn't a musicology course," Deflem told the Daily Gamecock. "It also isn't a literary criticism course. It's not a poetry course. It's not like a dance course. It's not an art course. It's distinctly sociological."

You can read the full Gamecock article, here. And you can start the process of transferring to USC (just so you can take this class), here.

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By Jenna Johnson  | October 28, 2010; 2:03 PM ET
Categories:  News Overload  | Tags:  University of South Carolina  
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Comments

Is this for the slower people to give them something to do?

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | October 28, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

What, reading people magazine or the New York Times Magazine isn't enough?

They probably just dusted off an old "Madonna" course.

At least all those student loans are paying for a worthwhile education in academia, as it's difficult to identify fame worship in everyday life.

At least it is if you don't have an internet connection.

Posted by: postfan1 | October 29, 2010 12:41 AM | Report abuse

If you teach this the right way to students I think it could actually be good insight in to how and why entertainers like musicians, movie stars, and athletes are seen and treated the way they are in America, and why they feel entitled to things to certain things because they're famous.

Posted by: jacksonj15 | November 2, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

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