Humanities Madrid

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Welcome to the IE Impact page where you can choose and enroll in a specific course topic in the Humanities.

IE IMPACT is a multi-bachelor, multi-school academic program for all IEU students aimed at helping students develop into leaders of positive change.

IE IMPACT includes three “pillar courses” in IE’s core values: the Humanities, Technology and Entrepreneurship. It culminates in a fourth, hands-on course called the IE Challenge.

In the Humanities pillar, you are able to choose a course among a diverse selection of topics where you will have the opportunity to learn with students from across IEU’s schools. All of the topics offered will help you to develop a humanistic approach to critical thinking, decision-making and inter-personal relationships.

Below you will find key information about how to enroll in a specific course topic, as well as detailed information about each course topic offered by our diverse faculty this Spring.

Practical Information

  • The following students are required to enroll in a Humanities course topic:
    • 1st year single degree students
    • 1st year BBABIR, BBADBA, and PPLEDBA students
    • 2nd year BBABID and BIEBIR students
  • The enrollment period opens November 22ndt at 12-noon and runs until December 2nd at 11:59.
  • Enrollment into one of the topics is done on a first-come, first-served basis so if you want to take a specific course topic, then be sure to enroll as soon as the enrollment period opens.
  • Once a course topic is full, a red bar will appear under the topic indicating that there are no seats available and the system will not allow to complete the enrollment.
  • There are no Wait Lists; if your first choice is full then enroll in another course topic.
  • On each campus, Humanities topics are taught on the same day, some in the morning and others in the afternoon.
  • If you fail to enroll in a topic by December 2nd, you will be assigned randomly to one of the open course topics.
  • Once classes begin in January, you can change your topic (if seats are available) during the Add & Drop period (Jan. 12th at 9:30amJan. 16th at 1pm).
  • If you have any questions please email us at  


Important information to keep in mind when enrolling

You will be able to enroll in the topic through the “Apply now” button. This button will direct you to the enrollment page, where you will be able to select your preferred topic in the drop down list.

As a default, you are automatically and already enrolled in Group Z (which is like being in the middle of nowhere). To enroll in a specific course topic, you must select the topic from the list, just as you see below:

After checking that you have selected the correct course topic, please DO NOT forget to click the blue button: “validate and enroll” which you will find under the data about the topic you selected. If you do not “validate and enroll” then you will stay enrolled only in Group Z and you might lose your chance to choose and enroll in a specific topic.

Once you have validated your enrollment, you will see a message (like the one below) letting you know that the confirmation was successful.

Congratulations! You are now enrolled in a specific topic.

(Note: If you do not see the happy face, then go back and click “Validate and Enroll” again.)

Tuesday Morning 10am-1pm

This class will provide a broad introduction to Chinese history from the beginning of written history to contemporary times. We will explore the dominant themes in the formation of Chinese culture and how these were formed, endured, evolved or disappeared over time....

Do we have the right to offend? Do we have the right to not be offended? These questions are at the very core of some of the most heated political, legal, religious and philosophical debates taking place all over the world right now....

To understand how visual imagery can be used to support power, we must also understand what systems of power exist within the constructs of art and visual studies....

A market is an institution that regulates exchange. We are used to thinking of markets in the context our modern economic understanding of ourselves and our society, but markets can be construed much more widely than this....

We know happiness really matters, but do we really know what happiness is? Is it reachable? Do we have a right to happiness? Do we have a duty to be happy? What is the difference between being happy and leading a happy life?...

In this course, we will explore the concepts of justice and equality using manifold lenses and an interdisciplinary approach, while combining theory with the discussion of a series of case studies....

Tuesday Afternoon 3pm-6pm

This course will allow students to learn about the history of democracy, from its origins in ancient Greece to the 21stcentury. Its growth will be studied beginning in the Western world, the political movements and ideas that shaped it from the eighteenth-century Enlightenment and its phenomenal exp...

Where does the power of music come from? In which ways has music influenced our world over history? The present course intends to answer these questions by fostering reflection about music from two different perspectives....

Are new communication technologies a democratizing force opening up the direct participation of people in the political system? Has the widespread adoption of online communications given state bureaucracies and private corporations excessive power over individuals? This course will explore and probl...

What are the potential benefits and costs of different innovations and applications? How should value trade-offs be resolved and how should opportunities and impacts be fairly distributed? And who should decide and enforce the answers to these questions?...

The History of Economic Thought: Back to the Future course will challenge your preconceived ideas about economics, history, and current global issues. The course will use the flip teaching method, where the class becomes a space for exchange, debate, and critical thinking. ...

All human societies depend completely on their collective know-how to be able to survive within their natural environment. But how do groups of humans acquire such knowledge that brought us to the internet and to the moon? How is collective memory created and accumulated, – and perhaps even more f...

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