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Miley Cyrus College Course Offered by Skidmore Sociology Prof

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By Alexandra Ward   |   Friday, 28 Mar 2014 12:54 PM

Students at Skidmore College in upstate New York can study Miley Cyrus this summer now that the school is offering a college course on the pop star.

Professor Carolyn Chernoff said she got the idea for the Cyrus-themed class while teaching a different course last year.

"I was teaching a course called 'Youth Culture in and out of School,' and the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards became the twerk heard ’round the world," she told The Saratogian. "I showed that video to my class, and the students had so much to say."

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The new course, "The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender and Media," will begin this summer and will be "using Miley as a lens through which to explore sociological thinking about identity, entertainment, media, and fame."

"Unfortunately, the way we talk about female pop stars and female bodies, class matters, gender matters, sexuality, and sexual performance matters, but race matters a lot [too] and the way we talk about white pop stars is quite different than how we talk about the bodies of women of color," Chernoff told ABC News. "[Cyrus] complicates representations of the female body in pop culture in some ways that are good, bad, and ugly."

Layla Lakos, a junior at Skidmore College, said she's believes a course on Cyrus could actually be beneficial.

"You can study a lot of things based on Miley," she told The Saratogian. "She represents how transient wealth and fame can be, and shows how possible it is to change your image."

Chernoff said she would be open to having Cyrus come speak to her class, if the 21-year-old singer was interested.

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