After several instances of Zombie/Human violence on the campus of my local university I was very relieved to find out that UC Irvine will be holding online classes in Zombie Apocalypse Survival. Being a college they tried to make the name of the class as boring as possible to dissuade people from actually taking it. So they’re calling it, “Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead.” Bored to death.
Here’s an abbreviated course description for you:
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?
I’ve already enrolled. I figured why not. I’ve already flunked out of one school, why not go for another, more prestigious school. I’ll put it on my anti-resume. It isn’t going to matter after the Zombie Apocalypse anyhow. All that will matter then is your endurance and scavenging ability, don’t think I won’t eat you.