Arizona State University announced a new course is being offered to students for the fall semester that dives into the psychology of Taylor Swift.
In a news release, ASU said the course is called “Psychology of Taylor Swift - Advanced Topics of Social Psychology.” The content will come from themes in Swift’s hit songs, including family, friends, fame and more.
The class is being offered to students for the fall semester, ASU said.
The class will be taught by Alexandra Wormley, who believes it will create conversation and become a tool to learn concepts of psychology, ASU said.
“The course is basically using Taylor Swift as a semester-long example of different phenomena — gossip, relationships, revenge,” Wormley said in the news release.
Wormley is a Ph.D. student in ASU’s Department of Psychology, according to KSAZ. She says the course is “not a fan club meeting.” It’s about connecting a theme from Swift’s albums to social psychology.
“Taylor’s sixth album, ‘Reputation,’ is her comeback after disappearing from the spotlight due to conflicts with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. She enacts her revenge on them — and the broader media landscape — by dropping an incredibly successful album along with a stadium tour. The students know this — but do they know why we like revenge? Do they know how we enact revenge? Social psychology can tell us,” Wormley said in the news release.
Earlier in the year, Stanford University offered a course called “All Too Well (Ten Week Version)” that went into depth about Swift’s track, “All Too Well,” as part of the university’s “Italic 99″ courses, Rolling Stone reported.
Last year, New York University also offered a course at its Clive Davis Institute about Taylor Swift. The class went into enjoying and engaging with music as well as understanding the impact that her songwriting has had on her as a person. The course was taught by Rolling Stone’s Brittany Spanos, according to the outlet.
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