New season of 'The Walking Dead' reveals characters' softer side
- October 10, 2013
- Joanne Christopherson, social sciences lecturer, is featured in the Wall Street Journal October 10, 2013
From the Wall Street Journal:
At the same time, AMC is going a bit higher-brow by working with the University of California, Irvine, to offer an online course in which professors of public health, mathematics and sociology will expound on the deeper themes in "The Walking Dead." Starting Monday, the eight-week class is part of a growing category known as MOOCs (massive open online courses); it is free and not for credit. Joanne Christopherson, a UC Irvine professor of social sciences, watched all three seasons in a week to prepare for her part in the course. She says she found links to Thomas Hobbes's famous "state of nature" theory ("nasty, brutish and short") and psychologist Abraham Maslow's "hierarchy of needs" in which the "Walking Dead" characters would be struggling near the bottom tier.
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