Up to seven students returning to classes Monday at the state University at Buffalo will learn about narrative storytelling, the drug trade and related topics through the exploits of fictional chemistry teacher turned meth kingpin Walter White and his TV show, "Breaking Bad."
"Breaking Down 'Breaking Bad,'" a graduate seminar being offered this semester, will analyze the acclaimed AMC television series' storyline, development and execution, according to the UB Reporter.
Six of of the seven seats available for the three credit-hour seminar were taken as of this morning, according to the university academic schedule.
The course was developed by Bruce Jackson, James Agee Professor of American Culture at the university's Department of English.
Jackson and his wife, Diane Christian, who also teaches English at the university, were teaching a films class when one of the students recommended they watch "Breaking Bad." They soon were hooked, the Daily Orange reported. When he told some students who also were devotees that someone should teach a seminar based on the show, they encouraged him to do it.
The show's "epic narrative" intrigued him, Jackson said.
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