College Offering Zombie Apocalypse Survival Course

September 12, 2013


Because college has become less of a place to prepare yourself for a realistic future and more of a place to dig yourself into debt for 4+ years, The University of California Irvine is offering an eight week zombie survival course using The Walking Dead as its basis. Obviously, I'm going to drop one of my core classes to take it.

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?

Admittedly, those do seem like relevant topics, even if there isn't a zombie outbreak. ARE squirrels really good for you? Because a redneck loitering at a gas station in Alabama told me they were, but the clerk just shook her head and when dude finally paid for his Skoal and left she told me opossums are the real chickens of the forest.

Thanks to Side Effect, which may include upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, getting your brains eaten, having to live the rest of your life with the vivid memories of decapitating hundreds of the undead, and liver failure.

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  • Julie

    Camp Bernie YMCA in Port Murray, NJ is offering a zombie survival training camp October 25-27, 2013 complete with simulation challenge.

  • jmjsquared

    First, EVERYBODY, including us traveled Northerners, knows possum tastes way better than squirrel, 'specially with smothered grits in the morning. Second, NO self-respecting Southerner EVER uttered the word "o"possum.

    This UC Irvine course, even though sensationalized, covers some interesting areas. Having been in a couple blackouts in NY, the relevance and usefulness of the info described is not lost on me, though not for Zombie planning. I've had my Plan in place since "Sean of the Dead".

  • This is why I think college has become nothing more than an extremely expensive joke on today's young people.

  • jmjsquared

    Yup. Besides the silliness this course uses to get attention, the fact is our youngsters are being sold a bill of goods about higher education leading to a better life. As long as the money changers, attorneys, accountants as opposed to producers-of-real-value run business; as long as our Gov't. prints money like it's going out of style to continue to over spend, these kids will never be able to get the promised return on their investments. They'll have a nice looking diploma and a mountain of debt when they take their first job at McDonald's.

  • JJtoob

    Aww why the hell not, especially if I got a state grant for it.

  • Trish

    True. But using popular culture might be the only way to get kids interested in statistics, biology, or psychology.

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