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We Do Need An Education - 10 Unique Musical Courses

  • News emerged this month that a US university is to start offering a class in 'Bruce Springsteen theology'. Rutgers University's semester-long course will focus on the biblical references in the song-writer's work. This got us thinking: what are the most unusual musical alternatives to English and Maths out there? Here's what we found:

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    Added: 05 Nov 2012

  • It was reported in 2010 that the University of Virginia was offering a class titled: 'ENWR 1510: GaGa for Gaga: Sex, Gender, and Identity' in which students analysed "how the musician pushes social boundaries with her work." Graduate Arts & Sciences student Christa Romanosky said: "We're exploring how identity is challenged by gender and sexuality and how Lady Gaga confronts this challenge."

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    Added: 04 Nov 2013

  • The Washington Post reported on Georgetown University's SOCI-124-01 or “Sociology of Hip-Hop — Urban Theodicy of Jay-Z”, which included a close-textual reading of Hova's memoir 'Decoded'.

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    Added: 28 Oct 2013

  • Liverpool's Hope University offers The Beatles, Popular Music & Society (MA). They say the postgraduate degree "will examine the significance of the music of The Beatles in the construction of identities, audiences, ethnicities and industries, and localities."

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    Added: 12 Sep 2012

  • The University of San Diego offers a course in 'Hip Hop: The Politics of Culture', which examines "hip hop’s technology, lyrics, and dance and its influences in graffiti, film, music video, fiction, advertising, gender, corporate investment, government, and censorship with a critical focus on race, gender, and popular culture and the politics of creative expression."

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    Added: 07 Nov 2011

  • Pitzer College broke new ground when they began offering a course in 'Learning From YouTube'. We just hope they didn't rely on the comments for insightful analysis.

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    Added: 19 Nov 2013

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    Added: 16 Jan 2012

  • The perfect course for pop culture addicts, Bowling Green State University in Ohio offers a Masters in Arts in Popular Culture.

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    Added: 04 Oct 2013

  • Hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa is a professor at Cornell. When the appointment was announced, he commented: "I guess [Cornell] wanna have somebody that's talking the whole culture movement, and I've always been speaking on that since the beginning of hip-hop."

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    Added: 27 Apr 2011

  • Finally, Wu-Tang Clan founder GZA is working with professor Chris Emdin, of Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, to teach maths and science to children in Harlem.

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    Added: 19 Nov 2013