Universitat Internacional de Catalunya


Second semester
Main language of instruction: Catalan

Other languages of instruction: Spanish

Teaching staff

By email and personally, by appointment.


The subject Anthropology, aimed at the degree in Audiovisual Communication, aims to provide students with an introduction to the different conceptions of the human being present in Western culture, as an approach to high culture that may be useful as a source of ideas in the creative process. The sessions will include the viewing of illustrative videos that will serve to relate the ideas presented by the authors with the different techniques of expression of thought through audiovisual language.

Pre-course requirements

No prerequisites are required.


In the process of creating audiovisual content it is essential to have a perspective of the evolution of the conceptions of the human being throughout the different historical periods. During the course, these historical conceptions will be confronted with the current alternatives, with the aim of achieving a solid humanistic formation in the communication field.


  • 01 - The ability to adapt to varying circumstances
  • 02 - The ability to understand, accept criticism and correct errors
  • 03 - The ability to administer and manage human and technical resources
  • 04 - The ability to work in a team and autonomously
  • 05 - The ability to organise time and workspace
  • 06 - The ability to develop academic rigour, responsibility, ethics and professionalism
  • 07 - The ability to apply the deontology and respect for the audiovisual sector
  • 08 - The ability of critical analysis, synthesis, concretion and abstraction
  • 09 - The ability to objectify, quantify and interpret (data, statistics, empirical evidence…)
  • 10 - The ability to confront difficulties and resolve problems
  • 11 - The ability to generate debate and reflection
  • 12 - The ability to meet deadlines, develop the ability to be punctual and respect for human, technical and material resources
  • 13 - The ability to create spoken and written communication
  • 14 - Knowledge and mastery of rhetoric and oratory to communicate own ideas
  • 15 - Knowledge and mastery of body language and techniques for public speaking
  • 16 - The ability to manage, analysis and reflect on content
  • 17 - The ability to contextualize and critically analyze the events of social reality and to represent Contemporary History
  • 18 - The capacity and development of general culture and interest in social events
  • 19 - The ability of informative documentation
  • 20 - Knowledge and mastery of bibliographic media
  • 21 - Knowledge and mastery of the digital culture
  • 22 - Knowledge and mastery of the distinction between opinion and information / colloquial and cultured register
  • 23 - The ability to prioritize newsworthy events and contrast information
  • 24 - The ability to plan and organize both short term and long term projects
  • 53 - Lingustic ability in Catalan, Spanish and English
  • 54 - The ability to skillfully manage the literature, terminology and linguistic structures of the English language related to the field of communication.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the semester, students of "Anthropology" subject will be able to demonstrate the following acquired knowledge: 

     · Ability to apply the acquired knowledge in the subjects of philosophy of the

       image, anthropology and analysis of contents.

     · Ability to design and perform models of interpretation and criticism, as well

       as to analyze and interpret data.

     · Ability to design content for an audiovisual production and meet the needs

       with real limitations, such as economic, environmental, social, political,

       ethical, health and safety, promotion and sustainability.

     · Ability to interact in multidisciplinary teams.

     · Ability to identify, formulate and solve problems of interpretation of contents

       of communicative products.

     · Understanding of ethical and professional responsibility.

     · Ability to communicate effectively.

    · General education needed to understand the impact of communicative

       contents in a global, economic, human and social context.

    · Recognition of the need and ability to participate in lifelong continuous


     · Knowledge of contemporary problems.

     · Ability to use modern techniques, skills and tools to produce and analyze

       audiovisual content.



Topic 1.- Socratic dialectics as a search for truth.

Topic 2.- Aristotle's Lyceum: esoteric and exoteric communication.

Topic 3.- The syllogistic logic as a means of debate.


Topic 4.- Hobbesian materialism and its derivations.

Topic 5.- Discards, the subjectivity and the origins of Modernity.

Topic 6.- The universal languages: the proposal of Leibniz


Topic 7.- Knowledge communication and criticism in Kant.

Topic 8.- The Hegelian dialectic and the idea of progress.

Topic 9.- Journalism as a means of spreading ideas: the challenge of Marx.


Topic 10.- Sören Kierkegarsd: the indirect style and the stages of being.

Topic 11.- Raciovitalism and Europeanism in Ortega.

Topic 12.- Husserl: the phenomenological method 


Topic 1.- What does it mean to be a human being?

Topic 2.- The experience of love as a critical analysis of the real.

Topic 3.- The experience of work

Topic 4.- The experience of the limit

Topic 5.- The experience of freedom

Teaching and learning activities

In person

Coaching. Monitoring how students learn the content of the subject, either individually or in groups. In the coaching sessions, mistakes will be corrected, queries answered, and exercises and activities to achieve the established objectives will be suggested. 0.2
Focused Praxis. Handing in occasional exercises to learn theory through practice. 1.4
Seminar. This activity will consist of taking an in-depth look at specific up-to-date topics in a monographic manner-in some cases these topics will have been debated socially-, via active work in small groups. 1.0
Practical workshop. A highly practical working activity, where students can acquire skills that are practical or also theoretical (intellectual skills, logical skills, critical skills, intellectual learning skills, study skills, quoting skills, etc). 0.6
Lectures. In lectures, lecturers/professors not only transmit content or knowledge, but also, and above all else, attitudes, motivation, skills and values, etc. They also ensure that participants can express their opinions and arguments to the other students. 2.0
Peer learning. The aim of this activity is to ensure that students gain the ability to analyse and be critical. One way of achieving this is by correcting their peers' exercises and results, etc. Each student will be evaluated twice: as both a recipient and a transmitter of critical knowledge. 0.8

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

The subject consists of two parts, taught by two teachers:

- Part 1 (Jordi Puigdomènech) BLOCKS I-IV

- Part 2 (Rita Cavallotti) BLOCK V

* The evaluation will be done as follows:

1) Part 1 (max. 4 points): will consist of writing a course work the guidelines and contents set out in part 1.

2) Part 2 (max 2 points): will consist in a written exam of answering several questions related to the topics developed in part 2 of the subject.

3) Exercices (max. 2 points): in both Part 1 and Part 2, a series of qualifying tests will be proposed as a continuous assessment (written expression exercises and / or oral presentations). 

4) Specific written work(max. 2 points) consisting of writing a short essay about an audiovisual product selected by the teachers .

* To pass the course, both parts must have been passed, that is, blocks I-IV and block V.

* Students who have not presented or have suspended the course work or the final test may submit to the 2nd call, the structure of the work and the examination being the same as the first call (4+2 points). Students who have not taken the continuous assessment must answer an additional question (2 points) in the exam.

Bibliography and resources

MARÍAS, Julián: Historia de la filosofía. Madrid: Alianza, 2016.

CASSIRER, Ernst: Antropología filosófica. Madrid: FCE, 2011.

FRANKL, Viktor: El hombre en busca de sentido. Herder, 2014.

YEPES, Ricardo: Fundamentos de antropología. Un ideal de la existencia humana. Pamplona: Eunsa, 1996.