UC Irvine is offering a Walking Dead course, yeah don’t blink, you heard that right. Starting on October 14th, Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead, will begin.
The online course is open to the public and will cover 8 weeks that will discuss the show and various aspects that surround the series. Melissa Loble had the following to say about the course.
The course will include a look at a number of topics, including managing stress in disaster situations, social order and public health and infectious disease.
“In The Walking Dead, there is a tragic absence of any semblance of public health agencies, expertise, or communications for the surviving members of society,” reads the course catalog.
The syllabus includes “thriving on a post-apocalyptic diet.”
The course may seem to be a joke, however Loble stresses that it is actually serious. She explains that the nature of the course will draw attention, but in the end, it’s a real course.
In “modeling a zombie outbreak,” the class will “explore how mathematics help study the dynamics of disease spread within a population. “Using the walker world as an example, we will begin dividing the population into different groups (human, zombie/walker, and permanently dead) and then use the interactions among these groups to formulate and utilize our mathematical model.”
The course materials will consist of seasons 1-3 of The Walking Dead, with an active discussion about season 4. Season 4 of the AMC television begins on October 13th, so the course begins one day after the new season, enrollment is free, so sign up below!
The Walking Dead Course
University of California, Irvine
Oct 14, 2013 to Dec 20, 2013
Cost per enrollment: FREE