FX Series ‘The Strain’ Inspires College Class Curriculum

FX vampire drama “The Strain” will invade an online college course in a partnership between the network, educational technology company Instructure and the University of California, Irvine.

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 free course will cover themes from the show, including practical and theoretical understanding of parasites, cyber-attacks and disease dynamics.

“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,” said Kenya Hardaway, VP of integrated promotions at FX. “As society becomes more globally and technologically interconnected, the impact of biological parasites and computer hacks will only become more pronounced.”

UC Irvine faculty members Pavan Kadandale, Hadar Ziv and Sarah Eichhorn, who all specialize in studying different biological strains, will teach the classes. The first course will begin three weeks before the season-two premiere — the official date still hasn’t been set — with subsequent classes occurring for the next few Mondays accessible via Instructure’s Canvas Network platform.

This is not the first time UC Irvine has offered a class catering to the cross-section of TV fanatics and academics. Last year the university offered a similar class modeled off AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”

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