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University offers 'course in Lady Gaga'

Lady Gaga And The Sociology Of The Fame is to be taught to students

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The University Of South Carolina is to start teaching an academic module about Lady Gaga.

Called Lady Gaga And The Sociology Of The Fame, the course will be taught by Professor Mathieu Deflem, who claims to have seen the singer live 28 times.

Deflem said that he was originally going to use Lady Gaga as an example in the course, before deciding she was worthy of study in her own right.

"Then I thought, 'Oh, what the hell? Let's make the whole freaking course about Lady Gaga and her rise to fame.'" he explained to the university's student newspaper, the Daily Gamecock.

He added that the course will "look at Lady Gaga as a social event", explaining: "It's not the person, and it's not the music. It's more this thing out there in society that has 10 million followers on Facebook and six million on Twitter. I mean, that's a social phenomenon."

Deflem reportedly owns hundreds of copies of Lady Gaga albums, and has met the singer on five occasions. Once, he ran into her at an airport in Texas, where she recognised him.

As a professor, Deflem has 15 years experience in teaching, specialising in criminology, policing and the sociology of law.

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