'Walking Dead' online class comes to UC Irvine
September 4th, 2013
05:16 PM ET

'Walking Dead' online class comes to UC Irvine

The next time you binge-watch "The Walking Dead," you could pass it off as homework.

The AMC show is now the subject of a free, massive online open course - or MOOC - at the University of California, Irvine. The school partnered with the network and Instructure to craft an eight-week class called “Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead.'"

“Fans of the show know that ‘The Walking Dead’ is about more than zombies; it’s about survival, leadership and adapting to situations that are perilous and uncertain,” AMC exec Theresa Beyer said in a statement. “AMC is excited to be the first entertainment group to make the foray into the online education arena through this unique partnership.

With guidance from a selection of UC Irvine faculty hailing from the public health, math, physics and social sciences department, the course is expected to not only offer another way to connect during the show's fourth season (which begins October 13) but also "a legitimate educational experience that can be applied even more broadly.”

Enrollment in the MOOC is presently open to anyone who's interested in signing up at via http://www.canvas.net/TWD. Classes will be held on Mondays starting October 14 through December 2.


Filed under: television • The Walking Dead

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  1. lie llocated and filed

    she's just a bimbo guys

    September 7, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. "fans"

    i am out for the night.....we have that puzzle cleaned up right?

    September 6, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. A. Dolt

    If you have s3x with a zombie and exchange bodily fluids, will you become a zombie? Just askin. I have a date tonight.

    September 6, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. KarmaBurns

    Thanks for outlining why people are getting dumber with each passing year.

    September 5, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tyrion Lannister

    And I shall teach a political science class based around Game of Thrones!

    September 5, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • stevec

      Cool! I'd sign-up for that.

      September 5, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bronn

      I can vouch for it's effectiveness. I still remember the Syllabus well.

      1) Do not trust anyone... especially your sister.
      2) Unless your name happens to be that of my father, Tywin; whenever you hear "The Rains of Castamere", leave. Immediately. Nothing good will come of it.
      3) Rule 1 is especially applicable to "women of the night".
      4) A Lannister always pays his debts. Be afraid.
      5) "My child is a despotic madman" and other reasons not to "keep it in the family".

      There was more, but that involved book reading, and I really just wanted to sharpen my sword and earn my knighthood.

      September 6, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. silencedogood

    This is a university class? What a joke. Its no wonder the only thing new graduates are good for is protesting in a park and smoking weed.

    September 5, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. humtake

    So as we struggle in society to make sure people understand the differences between tv shows and reality, we make a class that studies the reality factors of a tv show. Sigh.

    September 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ethan

      Good thing you read the article. It's not a class about Zombies, it's a survival class. So pretty much a wilderness class.

      September 5, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. M.A.P.

    TWD and Breaking Bad are the BEST shows ever! I wanna do this course. Do you get in troube if you fail?

    September 5, 2013 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. Alvarez

    Do zombies poop?

    September 5, 2013 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Constantly. And it smells 10 X worse than living human excrement.

      September 5, 2013 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
  10. Adam Bush

    How does a zombie determine who it will eat as opposed to who it will merely bite and "turn"?

    September 5, 2013 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Brosey

      I don't think zombies just go for the bite. The people who do get bit usually fight them off somehow or get away and then turn. Zombies always go for the kill

      September 5, 2013 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
    • citizenUSA

      I think they read, "The Human Apocolypse Survival Guide".

      September 5, 2013 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Oakspar77777

      In TWD mythology, everyone is infected – so some of the walkers are simply people who died from anything else that might kill you in a post-apoc world (disease, starvation, gunshot, suicides, accident, etc).

      Others might be bitten, scratched, or exposed in some other way – which is essentially a secondary infection that simply leads to a faster death (fever, death, reanimation). So, if you were bit – that only accelerates the time it takes for you to die – it is not a requirement for reanimation.

      Given that TWD zombies are "slow" zombies, it would seem that bites would actually be less important a means of transfer than simple reanimation. Particularly since death by zombie hoard tends to lead to the reanimation of a corpse usually too disfigured to be a viable zombie threat.

      September 5, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Constantine19901662

    i love that show!!!:):)

    September 5, 2013 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tee

    Placing an add for an online dating service on the comment board for an article on zombies. Brilliant!

    September 5, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |

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