The University of Copenhagen now offers a class in Beyoncé for its students, that looks at issues of gender and race through analysis of her music. As college education is free in Denmark, this course will be accessible for Danish youth.
As a place that’s already known for taking good care of its citizens, life in Denmark certainly seems to be blessed. According to The Cut, the University of Copenhagen’s new semester course is called ‘Beyoncé, Gender, and Race’. Fan and academic, Professor Erik Steinskog, had the following to say about the new course:
“We will analyze her songs and music videos. There will be a focus on gender, sexuality, and race. One of the goals [of the class] is to introduce Black feminist thought, which is not well known in Scandinavia. We want to explore the kind of entity feminism is.”
While this is not the first course in Beyoncé to be offered to university students, it is the first course that is guaranteed not to leave students in debt. The University of Texas offers a Lemonade class and Rutgers University offers a women’s studies course called “Politicizing Beyoncé”, but students have to pay for those.
With seventy-five students already signed up, Professor Erik Steinskog was right on the money when he pointed out that:
“Beyoncé is important in understanding the world we live in… Beyoncé is one of the biggest pop artists today, which makes her important in an analysis of contemporary times.”
Black feminism through a degree in the queen? What a time to be alive.