Students at San Diego State University will take a course on global superstar Bad Bunny in 2023. All indications are that the university course will focus on the urban music singer’s impact on Latin culture.
Nathian Shae Rodríguez, associate director of the faculty of journalism and media, at said university, will be in charge of teaching the course. Shae Rodríguez points out that the artist has changed the reggaeton music industry by challenging traditional ways of Latino masculinity.
“Bad Bunny has transformed reggaeton like no other artist has. When you think of reggaeton, it’s hyper-masculine, machismo is embedded at its core. And Bad Bunny has come along and turned it on its head,” said Dr. Nate Rodriguez to CBS News.
“Bad Bunny gives us another side of masculinity, and how masculinity can be, how it should be. How it can be authentic, how it can be endearing, how it can be loving.”
College courses exploring the works of popular music artists and their impact are becoming more common. In July, Texas State University announced that it will design a course around Harry Styles, and the University of Texas at Austin is offering its own course on Taylor Swift. UT Austin also previously offered a course titled “Beyoncé Feminism, Rihanna Womanism: Popular Music and Black Feminist Theory.”