This summer, Skidmore College will reportedly offer a course called “The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender, and Media.”
The course, which will be taught by visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology Carolyn Chernoff, will examine how “ongoing media frenzy focused on Miley Cyrus’ public image, music, and body highlights the ways in which intersectional identities are shaped by pop culture and mass media.”
According to the leaked syllabus, which can be found on Buzzfeed, the class will also cover the rise of the Disney Princess, what happens to Disney stars as they age, gender stratification and the hyper-commodification of childhood and more.
Chernoff specializes in the “role of culture in reproducing and transforming social inequality” and is the cofounder of The Girls’ DJ Collective. She is also a long-time cultural worker and activist and has worked with many women’s cultural organizations on issues of violence prevention, self-expression, and arts and culture.