UC Berkeley Offering Course on Singer Frank Ocean

The class will cover toxic masculinity and gender politics.

UC Berkeley students will be able to take a class focused solely on openly gay R&B singer Frank Ocean this fall.

The class is called “Brain Like Berkeley,” which is also a lyric from Ocean’s song “Novacane.”

Sophomores Preya Gill and Deborah Chang petitioned the university to offer the course and they’ll also be the ones teaching it. The two students share a love of Ocean’s music and were excited when they learned students can propose and teach classes.

The course will cover the 30-year-old’s “artistic history, upbringing, background, musical influences, artist identity, and the way he challenges dominant social concepts such as toxic masculinity and gender politics,” Gill and Chang told The Fader.

The course has even earned approval from Ocean’s mother.

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