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Walking Dead online course introduced by Calif. college

The University of California, Irvine said Wednesday it will offer a free online course based on AMC's hit zombie show The Walking Dead.

Fans of AMC show say it's about survival and leadership

University of California, Irvine students probably won't have as tough a final exam as Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira and Melissa Ponzio seen here in a scene from The Walking Dead. (Gene Page/AMC/Associated Press)

A California university and AMC think you can learn something from The Walking Dead.

The University of California, Irvine said Wednesday it will offer a free online course based on the network's hit zombie series. A team of UC Irvine professors will teach the eight-week course, which begins on Monday, Oct. 14, the day after the AMC drama has its season premiere.

AMC says fans of the show know it's about more than zombies: it's about survival, leadership and adapting to uncertain situations. Topics addressed in the classroom will include the hierarchy of needs in a crisis, the physiology of stress and population modeling to predict a species' survival.

Professors in public health, social sciences, physics and math will teach "Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC's The Walking Dead."