Fans of “The Walking Dead” can now take their passion with them to achieve higher education — but leave the katana and cross bows at home, please.
AMC, the University of California Irvine, and educational tech company Instructure are teaming up to offer a massive open online college course to look at a broad range of scholarly topics through the lens of the AMC series, called “Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead.'” The free, online class will explore all the deeper thematic implications of the zombie show.
The professors of the course are all from UC Irvine and include professors of physics, public health, and social sciences. Each class will use plot points from the previous night’s episode and clips from older episodes to enhance the lessons, which will cover topics like how infectious diseases — like a zombie epidemic — spread and are managed, the role of public health in society from the CDC to local community organizations, nutrition in a post-apocalyptic world (are squirrels really good for you?), social order and structures from the farm and the prison to Woodbury, and much more.
The class starts Monday, Oct. 14, the day after Season 4 premieres. The course is for fun, not for credit, and will span eight weeks. It is open to anyone in the world, and you can sign up here.
“The Walking Dead” Season 4 premiers Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. on AMC.