IT’S official: zombies are educational. A leading university says so.
The University of California is offering a free online course based on critically-acclaimed TV show The Walking Dead.
Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead explores issues such as “post-disaster nutrition, the foundations of human survival and stereotypes in a Darwinian environment,” said professor Bic Zuzana in a statement.
The course also explores the spread of infectious diseases and population modelling, the role of energy and momentum in damage control, managing stress in disaster situation and “the long-term effect of always sleeping with one eye open”.
The professor said there would be “something for everyone” in the course which begins on October 14 – a day after season four of the TV show premiers.
By the end of the course students should be able to describe how infectious diseases spread and are managed, and “apply various models of society and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to existing and emerging societies as a means for understanding human behaviour”.
Ironically, nothing in the course description indicates that there will be anything about how to actually survive a zombie apocalypse, which you would think would be the number one question students – and everyone – would like answered.
The TV show – about a group of people trying to stay alive during a zombie apocalypse – has been a ratings hit. More than 12.4 million people tuned in to see the season three finale in the US in January, beating Game of Thrones by more than eight million viewers.
“There is clearly a growing appetite for engagement with The Walking Dead, and we hope this online course will drive a deep, sustained connection with the show during its upcoming fourth season and offer a legitimate educational experience that can be applied even more broadly,” said Theresa Beyer, vice president of promotions and activation at AMC.