LAWRENCE, KS (KCTV) – College students in Lawrence will have a new topic to debate and research this fall – the angry white man.
The University of Kansas is offering a course called ‘Angry White Male Studies’ for the Fall 2019 semester.
According to the university’s website, the course will talk “the rise of the ‘angry white male’ in America and Britain since the 1950s.” The description noted the course will dive into emotional states of the white man and what manifests the anger.
The classes will also talk about the dominate and subordinate masculinity roles.
“Employing interdisciplinary perspectives this course examines how both dominant and subordinate masculinities are represented and experienced in cultures undergoing periods of rapid change connected to modernity as well as to rights-based movements of women, people of color, homosexuals and trans individuals.”
The course has been a hot topic on campus Wednesday.
“Everyone’s just reposting it [on social media] and asking if it’s a joke or not, it’s just been all over the Snapchat stories, so it’s been like big news today,” Emily Hiegert, who is a KU student, said.
“We have a lot of different classes that kind of like related to this that you wouldn’t think would be on college campuses,” Kody Ross, another KU student, said.
Others couldn’t really put into words what they thought about it. But they thought it could serve a purpose.
“It could be a beneficial study but at the same time there are other studies that could get to the same root,” Darryln Johnson, who is a former student, said.
“I think it could be interesting, but I don’t really know why we have it exactly,” Hiegert said.
The three-hour course comes with a prerequisite of Woman, Gender and Sexuality Studies 101 or 102 or the permission of the instructor, Christopher Forth.
At least one Kansas congressman is already criticizing the course offering. Representatives Ron Estes posted a comment on twitter saying in part,
"Instead of a course to unite people and empower women, KU has decided to offer a class that divides the student population and could pose a title nine violation by creating a hostile campus environment based on gender."
Instead of a course to unite people and empower women, KU has decided to offer a class that divides the student population and could pose a Title IX violation by creating a hostile campus environment based on gender. #ksleg https://t.co/XhUNfpFUcW— Rep. Ron Estes (@RepRonEstes) April 3, 2019