Washington University Starts New Course Centered Around ‘Cultural Icon’ Kanye West


Washington University students can take a deeper dive into the world of Kanye West with a course that began this week: “Politics of Kanye West: Black Genius and Sonic Aesthetics.”

Seventy-five students are registered for the course on the controversy magnet, and there was a waiting list to get in.

Georgia State University offered a course on West in 2015, and one at the University of Missouri in 2014 focused on West and Jay-Z.

Dr. Jeffrey McCune, an associate professor in the African and African-American Studies and the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies departments, initiated this course on the rapper, producer and fashion designer.

McCune promises the course isn’t an excuse to fawn over West’s music, nor will it be a weekly exercise in West bashing. Highlights from the artist’s life last year include a lauded album, “The Life of Pablo,” and a public breakdown followed by a stint in rehab.

McCune sees the course as a “good way to get students to connect issues of politics, race, gender, sexuality and culture.”

 Source: STL
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