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The Socratic value of MOOCs

Written on May 21, 2014 by Dirk Hopfl in Academics

IE Focus | By Rolf Strom-Olsen. Academic Director of Humanities Studies at IE Humanities Center

The rise of MOOCs and the fact that they are open to all and free of charge has caused great consternation in the academic world. Socrates, however, would have approved.

In the brief introductory video of my MOOC (Critical Perspectives on Management) that we put together to walk through the class syllabus, I make the point that, as a Humanities course masquerading as a strategy class, the methodological inspiration derives from those two fundamental tenets of the Socratic imperative: that true wisdom consists in knowing you do not know and that the unexamined life is not worth living.

But while these two sentiments of the Socratic imperative are certainly the best known and serve as the fons et origo of humanist enquiry, there is a third, equally critical, part of the Socratic imperative that I had to leave out (since the video was testing weary viewers’ patience already).

It’s this bit, from the Apology. Read more…


Humanities – does it makes sense for business schools?

Written on May 23, 2012 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

IE is a pioneer in the introduction of humanities as a core value and a core program in its business curriculum. The aim of humanities studies is to provide students with critical thinking and problem solving skills and ultimately help them to build a critical spirit and a mind of their own. The video below explains in more depth what “humanitIEs” means at IE.


IE-Brown University International Teaching Fellowship

Written on October 17, 2011 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

IE University and Brown University invites candidates from the humanities to apply for the International Teaching Fellowship (ITF) for the academic year 2012-13. The ITF provides the opportunity to teach in Spain at IE University in Segovia, Spain as a fellow of the School of Arts and Humanities. The fellow will also be affiliated with the Cogut Center for the Humanities at Brown University. The fellowship offers the opportunity to develop and implement innovative curricula in one of Europe’s foremost professional degree-granting institutions while also providing time for research and career development.

IE University is the undergraduate affiliate institution of IE Business School, based in Madrid. The IE International MBA is regularly ranked in the top-ten worldwide and its specialized Masters programs are recognized globally. The undergraduate program, launched in 2009, has been designed to bring the excellence of the graduate school to undergraduate teaching. IE’s undergraduate student body is extremely diverse, with no single dominant national or linguistic group.

IE University offers a unique liberal arts model of education in the heart of Europe, with an emphasis on small class sizes and student-faculty exchange. The School of Arts and Humanities is at the very heart of IE’s mission, as the courses it offers form part of all the undergraduate and postgraduate programs at the University.

In addition to the faculty life found within the University, fellows may also profit from IE’s connections to the wider academic environment in Madrid, including important libraries (e.g. Biblioteca Nacional), leading museums (e.g. Thyssen, Prado), Foundations (e.g. Juan March), Research Centres (e.g. CSIC), and neighbouring Universities (e.g. Universidad Complutense).

Fellows will join the IE claustro (faculty) to teach the equivalent of two courses in a blended seminar/lecture format.  The course curriculum should reflect the interests and strength of the fellow, as well as the pedagogical aims of IE´s undergraduate program; curricula will be developed in collaboration with the IE School of Arts and Humanities. Because of the diverse nature of IE’s degree programs, fellows will likely have the opportunity to teach either two standard, semester-length undergraduate courses, or one such class combined with short, structured courses in the graduate program. In total, the fellow will be responsible for 130 contact hours and no more than two curricula. The language of instruction is English and knowledge of Spanish is not required. More information about IE’s teaching structure as well as general information about the institution can be found on our website.

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IE University || All about Humanities

Written on March 22, 2011 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

Why is Humanities one of the core values of IE University?

The complex world we face today poses fascinating challenges for those beginning and those completing their educational journey. IE University’s higher education model is Humanistic in this respect. IE University expects its students, faculty and the entire university community to take a profound interest and obtain a good grounding in the Humanities, i.e. disciplines that help us understand the world we live in and gain an appreciation of other communities we share our history with.

IE University gives students the knowledge and understanding of other cultures, intellectual perspectives, historical and social situations, and artistic expressions. Through studying the Humanities, having academic exchange and research activities in the field of Humanities, and receiving active support by the entire faculty, undergraduate and postgraduate students gain an appreciation of the rich intellectual and cultural diversity of our world. This is mirrored in IE University’s programs and academic activities as follows:

  1. The Humanities are an essential part of the core curriculum. Undergraduate students study specific Humanities subjects in the IE Module, which summarizes IE University’s spirit
  2. In addition, the study of Ethics is part of all undergraduate programs, divided into General Ethics and Professional Deontology. Both form part of the IE Module at the undergraduate level.
  3. Many of IE University’s academic programs include compulsory and elective courses that are humanistic in their content and perspective.
  4. IE University has an interdisciplinary graduate school, the IE School of Arts and Humanities, which promotes IE University’s focus on the Humanities through teaching, research, and extracurricular activities.

The emphasis placed on Humanities has a practical component in line with the student profile that IE University develops. The Humanities provide an understanding of the richness of humankind’s personal, social, cultural, historic and artistic perspectives. They encourage a continuous search and inspiration for new ways of describing the world and undertaking projects. The humanities enable us to imagine new possibilities for being and doing, and allow professionals and academics to be innovative and entrepreneurial.

See how Julian Montano likes to describe the humanistic approach at IE University

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