Bachelor in Behavior and Social Sciences - Study Plan

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A unique Bachelor in Behavior and Social Sciences

The study plan for the Bachelor in Behavior and Social Sciences at IE University has been designed with the prestigious academic experience at its core, our academic faculty’s expert knowledge and research in each area, and the linkages between the University and the professional world.

The Bachelor in Behavior and Social Sciences aims to teach young ambitious individuals to build the proper skill set to become professionals capable of facing real-world challenges.

Through our hands-on teaching methodology, students from the Bachelor in Behavior and Social Sciences will find the perfect ideal balance between what is studied throughout their degree and the projects that are applied based on real-world scenarios. This will aid them to develop profiles that are able to adapt to new trends happening now in the 21st century.
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Bachelor in Behavior and Social Sciences Study Plan

Year 1

1st semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
Learning to Observe, Experiment & Survey
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Fundamentals of Social Science
Type Core
ECTS 6
Writing Skills
Type Core
ECTS 3
Data Insights & Visualization
Type Core
ECTS 3
Introduction to Business Management
Type Core
ECTS 6
Fundamentals of Statistics and Probability
Type Core
ECTS 6

2nd Semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
Technology Trends Today
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Fundamentals of Data Analysis
Type Core
ECTS 6
Simulating and Modeling to Understand Change
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
The Big History of ideas and Innovation
Type Core
ECTS 6
Presentation Skills
Type Core
ECTS 3
Fundamentals of Human Behavior
Type Core
ECTS 6

Year 2

1st semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Power and inequality: Fundamentals of Social Theory
Type Core
ECTS 6
The Psychology of Cognition and Emotion
Type Core
ECTS 6
Qualitative Tools for Studying People
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Organizational & Employee Behavior
Type Core
ECTS 6
Personality, Individual & Cultural Differences
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6

2nd semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Introduction to Economics
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Social and Digital Anthropology
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Understanding Population and Demography
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Quantitative Tools for Studying People
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Seminar: Global Politics and Debate
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Professional Bootcamp: Teamwork
Type Core
ECTS 3

Year 3

1st semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Law & Behavior
Type Core
ECTS 6
Influence & Persuasion
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Behavioral Neuroscience
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Marketing, Advertising & Consumer Behavior
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Community, Society & Culture
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Professional Bootcamp: Stress and Self-Management
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3

2nd semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Behavior Design and Nudging
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Welfare and Policy Design
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Public Opinion, Preferences and Voter Behavior
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Behavioral Economics and Decision-Making
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
Advanced Topic: Design Thinking, Brainstorming and Creativity for Innovation
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Social Networks
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3

Year 4

1st semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Consumer Goods
Type Electives
ECTS 3
Financial Services
Type Elective
ECTS 3
Travel, Hospitality & Tourism
Type Elective
ECTS 3
Talent Management & Human Resources
Type Elective
ECTS 3
Operations and Process
Type Elective
ECTS 3
Marketing
Type Elective
ECTS 3
Sustainability and the Environment
Type Elective
ECTS 3
Health Services
Type Elective
ECTS 3
Citizens, Society and Policy
Type Elective
ECTS 3
Global Security
Type Elective
ECTS 3

2nd semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Advanced Topic - Coaching, Counseling and Behavioral Intervention
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Advanced Topic - Media Psychology and Communication
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Advanced Topic: Driving Change in Organizations
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Advanced Topic: Social Entrepreneurship
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Advanced Topic: Neuromarketing
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Career Preparation & Design
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
Capstone Project
Type FP
ECTS 12
Components
Credits
Core Courses
60
Obligatory Courses
138
Electives
30
Capstone Project
12
Credits needed to graduate
240

** This study plan is under review and is subject to change.

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Learn more about our Behavioral Science Degree

FIRST YEAR - FOUNDATION YEAR (SHARED WITH BACHELOR IN DATA AND BUSINESS ANALYTICS)

Year one is an introductory phase, focused on gaining a foundation in the social sciences. You will learn about research methods and how they can be applied to solve problems related to social science, technology or human behavior. Throughout the first year, you will also explore the fundamentals of business, statistics, technology, behavior and programming. This will provide you with a strong base for future years.

SECOND YEAR - PROFICIENCY

In year two, you will study human behavior and the social systems in which we interact. You will acquire extensive quantitative and qualitative tools to help you establish your analytical toolbox. Through seminars and boot camps, you will also be encouraged to develop soft skills important for behavioral and social sciences, including debate, teamwork and communication.

THIRD YEAR - PROFICIENCY

During year three, you will explore advanced topics related to behavior, including neuroscience, behavioral economics, decision-making and change management. Discover how to have a positive impact on people and organizations as you learn how to influence, persuade and bring about real change on an individual, organizational and social level.

FOURTH YEAR - CAREER PREPARATION & ADVANCED TOPICS

The final year prepares you to enter into the professional working world. You will be able to choose from a wide range of electives and courses, selecting those that will help you advance along your ideal career path. Advanced specialist courses on neuromarketing, coaching, counseling and design thinking are all available to year four students. You will also develop and present your final capstone project, which will represent a culmination of everything you have learned throughout the program.