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The Teaching Dead

The University of California, Irvine is going to be offering a free, online, multi-week course based on AMC's The Walking Dead.

Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC's The Walking Dead will run for eight consecutive Monday nights and cover many topics:

From understanding social identities to modeling the spread of disease, this eight-week course will span key science and survival themes using AMC's The Walking Dead as its basis. Four faculty members from the University of California, Irvine will take you on an inter-disciplinary academic journey deep into the world of AMC's The Walking Dead, exploring the following topics:

  • Maslow's hierarchy of needs - is survival just about being alive?
  • Social order and structures - from the farm and the prison to Woodbury
  • Social identity, roles, and stereotyping - as shown through leaders like Rick and the Governor
  • The role of public health in society - from the CDC to local community organizations
  • The spread of infectious disease and population modeling - swarm!
  • The role of energy and momentum in damage control - how can you best protect yourself?
  • Nutrition in a post-apocalyptic world - are squirrels really good for you?
  • Managing stress in disaster situations - what's the long-term effect of always sleeping with one eye open?

Each week we'll watch engaging lectures, listen to expert interviews, watch exclusive interviews with cast members talking about their characters, use key scenes from the show to illustrate course learning, read interesting articles, review academic resources, participate in large and small group discussions, and—of course—test our learning with quizzes. We recommend that you plan on spending about two to four hours per week on this course, though we believe the course is compelling enough you'll want to spend more time.

That sounds pretty cool, doesn't it? And it's 100% free! How can you say no to that?

Enrollment is open now, and the courses start Oct. 14 - the day after Walking Dead Season 4 starts. If you plan to take the course, let us know; and then, let us know how it is.

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