Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Anthropology

Anthropology
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12480
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Second semester
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FUNDAMENTALS
ANTHROPOLOGY
Main language of instruction: Spanish

Other languages of instruction: Catalan, English

Teaching staff


By appointment. Please contact yours teachers to arrrange an appointment (Dr. Josep Corcó, jcorco@uic.es; Dr. Gabriel Fernandez, gabi@uic.es).

Introduction

The subject of Antropology helps foster a complete and coherent idea of the human person. In this way, it is possible to acquire an insight into the many facets of human beings: physical, mental, social and spiritual, as well as their succesful integration with each other. Students are also offered the essential learning which a university can provide, enabling them to cope with the main challenges and problems they may encounter in their future professional lives, being these of a human character.

Objectives

This course has three main objectives:

1. To acquire a habit of critical reflection, which can be applied to various areas of present and future activity.

2. To think about the human person, his multiple dimensions, and his social nature.

3. To learn how to generate a good disposition toward study, work and life.

Competencies

  • CB2 - Students must know how to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional way and have the competences that are demonstrated through the creation and defence of arguments and the resolution of problems within their field of study.
  • CB3 - Students must have the ability to bring together and interpret significant data (normally within their area of study) and to issue judgements that include a reflection on important issues that are social, scientific or ethical in nature.
  • CB4 - Students can transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • CE8 - To hold a dialogue based on critical thinking on ideas connected to the main dimensions of the human being
  • CG2 - To promote the values that are specific to a peaceful culture, thus contributing to democratic coexistence, respect for human rights and fundamental principles such as equality and non-discrimination.
  • CG4 - To resolve problems based on initiative, be good at decision-making, creativity, critical reasoning and communication, as well as the transmission of knowledge, skills and prowess in the field of Bioengineering
  • CT2 - The ability to link welfare with globalisation and sustainability; to acquire the ability to use skills, technology, the economy and sustainability in a balanced and compatible manner.
  • CT3 - To know how to communicate learning results to other people both verbally and in writing, and well as thought processes and decision-making; to participate in debates in each particular specialist areas.
  • CT4 - To be able to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team, whether as a member or by management tasks, with the aim of contributing to undertaking projects based on pragmatism and a feeling of responsibility, taking on commitment while bearing the resources available in mind.
  • CT5 - To use information sources in a reliable manner. To manage the acquisition, structuring, analysis and visualisation of data and information in your specialist area and critically evaluate the results of this management.
  • CT6 - To detect gaps in your own knowledge and overcome this through critical reflection and choosing better actions to broaden your knowledge.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the subject, students will be able to:

  • Demostrate a reasoned knowledege of the human being and his/her main traits
  • Understand and comment texts with antropological implications
  • Write their thoughts based on the ideas studied in a clear way
  • Exchange ideas connected with antropology in a critical and autocritical manner

Syllabus

1. Introduction to Anthropology.
2. The Person.
3. Nature and Culture: Human Language.
4. The Human Corporality.
5. The Person: a Relational Being.
6. Friendship.
7. The Benefits.
8. Virtue.
9. Work.
10. Freedom.
11. Knowledge.
12. Tolerance.
13. The Progress.
14. Pain and illness.
15. Death.

Teaching and learning activities

In person



Clasroom-based lectures are of two types:

1. Theory classes: lectures imparted by the teacher, the aim of which is to convey knowledge to the students and to stimulate the process of reflection.

 2. Practical classes: the students in the classroom setting are required to analyse and comment on texts and multimedia resources, which guide the practical reflection of the theoretical concepts.

The proportion of the course which each of these two activities take place is as follows: theory classes (50%) and practical classes (50%).

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person



The two kind of sessions in which the course is divided, theoretical and practical, are evaluated separately using distinct evaluation methods. For the theoretical sessions, the evaluation is done through a midterm exam and a final exam, both written. In these exams both the ability to relate the contents of the different lessons and the capacity to develop original arguments is assessed.

With regard to the practical part of the subject, continouos evaluation applies. The final grade of the practical part will be calculated using 3 components, with the following weights: class attendance and participation (40%), peer-assessment assignment (40%), written assignment and class debate about a book (20%).

To pass the course it is mandatory to pass each part (theoretical and practical) separately.

 

Important considerations:

  1. Plagiarism, copying or any other action that may be considered cheating will be zero in that evaluation section. Besides, plagiarism during exams will mean the immediate failing of the whole subject.
  2. In the second-sitting exams, the maximum grade students will be able to obtain is "Excellent" (grade with honors distinction will not be posible).
  3. Changes of the calendar, exam dates or the evaluation system will not be accepted.
  4. Exchange students (Erasmus and others) or repeaters will be subjected to the same conditions as the rest of the students.

Bibliography and resources

  • ALVIRA, R., Filosofía de la vida cotidiana, Rialp, Madrid 1999.
  • ARTIGAS, M., La mente del universo, EUNSA, Pamplona 1999.
  • HOSSEIN NASR, S., Hombre y naturaleza, Kier, Buenos Aires 1982.
  • LEWIS, C.S., Los cuatro amores, Rialp, Madrid 2002.
  • MALO, A., Yo y los otros. De la identidad a la relación, Rialp, Madrid 2015.
  • MALO, A., Antropología de la integración, Rialp, Madrid 2019.
  • OLIVES, J., La ciudad cautiva, Siruela, Madrid 2006.
  • SPAEMAN, R., Personas. Acerca de la distinción entre “algo” y “alguien”, EUNSA, Pamplona 1999.
  • TERRASSA, E., El viaje hacia la propia identidad, EUNSA, Pamplona 2005.
  • YEPES, R., Fundamentos de antropología, EUNSA, Pamplona 1996.