University of South Carolina to Offer Course About Lady Gaga

The University of South Carolina will offer a course centered on the life of Lady Gaga next year. The course, titled The Sociology of Fame, introduces students to a sociological analysis of selected social issues related to the work of the pop icon. 

“Within the framework of the sociology of popular culture and music, this course specifically focuses on socially relevant elements in the rise of Lady Gaga’s popularity to her current status as a burgeoning pop music icon,” says Mathieu Deflem, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology who designed and will teach the course. According to the Deflem’s syllabus the central objective of this course is to “unravel some of the sociologically relevant dimensions of the fame of Lady Gaga with respect to her music, videos, fashion, and other artistic endeavors, with special attention for the role of: business and marketing strategies; the role of the old and new media; fans and live concerts; gay culture; religious and political themes; sex and sexuality; and the cities of New York and Hollywood.”

The course will start in 2011 and it will include a blog by Dr. Deflem, who says he has attended some 30 Lady Gaga concerts. The professor was born in Belgium and has completed extensive research projects including papers on international policing and internet technology.