Some of these interesting classes being taught in universities across the nation have us ready to pack our bags and go back to school. The most recent one? A class about the cultural influence of Frank Ocean.
Two UC Berkeley students proposed a class called “Brain Like Berkeley: An Insight Into the Artistry of Frank Ocean,” a nod to his song “Novacane.”
“When we found out that Berkley accepts student-taught courses, we immediately saw the potential Frank Ocean’s artistry offers,” said an email from Preya Gill and Deborah Chang to The Fader.
Gill and Chang started developing the course when they were paired up as roommates and started bonding over Ocean’s music. The course will explore the singer’s “artistic history, upbringing, background, musical influences, artist identity, and the way he challenges dominant social concepts such as toxic-masculinity and gender politics.
“We want to encourage a deep literary exploration of his artistry both in lyrics and through his visuals and live performances,” the pair said. “We hope to provide a safe environment where students can discuss his poetry and music with sensitivity, creative respect, and open-mindedness.”
According to Gill, her tweet announcing the class even reached Ocean’s family.
“Frank Ocean’s brother Ryan and mother Katonya have expressed their support for our course and even shared the tweet to their accounts,” they said.
While many won’t be as fortunate to sign up for the class as UC Berkeley students will be in August, Gill and Chang have expressed interest in live streaming options and posting their course materials online to share with the rest of us.