ByMatt Carter, writer at
If the zombie apocalypse kicks off you'll find me in the Winchester. @moremattcarter
Matt Carter

Want to know the best way to get people into further education? Offer a zombie survival course based on hit show The Walking Dead. University of California, Irvine joined forces with AMC to offer a massive open online course titled, Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead.

The course was a huge success, attracting over 65,000 users over its eight-week run, and looking at some of the core content, its easy to see why.

Students explored some of the following topics:

  • 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 spread of infectious disease and population modeling—swarm!
  • Nutrition in a post-apocalyptic world—are squirrels really good for you?

The course was clearly worthwhile with 80% of participants admitting that it had increased their chances of surviving the zombie apocalypse.

I wonder if the final exam involved assessments in crossbow skills, growing facial hair and staring passively into the middle distance?

What advice would you give to a student in order to survive the zombie apocalypse? Sound off in the comment section below or hit me up on Twitter.

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