A cable drama series is headed to college. Variety reports that a course based on the FX vampire series “The Strain” will be offered online through the University of California, Irvine. The class is the result of a partnership of FX, the educational technology company Instructure and the university.
“The four-week course, called ‘Fight or Die: The Science Behind FX’s “The Strain,”‘ is a massive open online course, or MOOC, meaning anyone can enroll even if they aren’t a student at that college,” the report notes. “The free course will cover themes from the show, including practical and theoretical understanding of parasites, cyber-attacks and disease dynamics.”
Said Kenya Hardaway, VP of integrated promotions at FX: “Beyond putting a unique twist on the vampire legend, ‘The Strain’ creates an opportunity for serious academic discussions about some of today’s most important public topics. As society becomes more globally and technologically interconnected, the impact of biological parasites and computer hacks will only become more pronounced.”