Other languages of instruction: Catalan, English
If the student is enrolled for the English track then classes for that subject will be taught in the same language.
By appointment by email.
Teacher of the subject (Spanish version): Dr. Rita Cavallotti email@example.com
Teacher of the subject (English version): Dr. Remei Agulles firstname.lastname@example.org
This subjet has been conceived as based on a relevant premise for university education: the main challenges and problems which a graduate will face in the future are not to be solved with techniques that can be taught but with a deep understanding of human condition. Therefore, it is all about reflecting on that which is human in oneself, economic activities and society.
Last decades' economic and financial crises make it the more obvious and necessary to have such a mindset in those who will have to decide on other people tomorrow. Only serene and honest reflection about the person, economic life and society can provide orientation in navigating an increasingly complex world. Nowadays, to stop and think, to adopt a humanistic view on the world, acquires the category of an urgent humanitarian task.
There are no previous requirements.
Reflect on the human being in its personal, family, economic and social dimensions.
- 11 - To be familiar with the main concepts and theories related to humanity and society.
- 12 - To be familiar with the main concepts and theories of economic and business philosophy.
- 33 - To be able to search for, interpret and convey information.
- 50 - To acquire the ability to relate concepts, analyse and synthesise.
- 54 - To be able to express one’s ideas and formulate arguments in a logical and coherent way, both verbally and in writing.
- 56 - To be able to create arguments which are conducive to critical and self-critical thinking.
- 57 - To acquire skills which favour reading comprehension.
- 62 - To acquire mechanisms that facilitate the adoption of ethical commitments.
1. Sensitive life
2. Intellect and feelings
3. The person
5. Interpersonal relationships
6. The family
7. Social life, institutions and politics
9. Economic activities
10. Capital and business organisations
11. Global crises and globalisation
12. Technology, human world and sustainability
Teaching and learning activities
Theoretical lessons and practical activities (text comments, debates on videos, group tasks) will aternate.
|Classroom practicum (solving problems/videos/text commentary/sheets)||54 56 57 65|
|Writing up projects||56|
Evaluation systems and criteria
30% partial exam
30% final exam
15% logbook first submission
15% logbook second submission
Bibliography and resources
See 'Teching and learning materials' section.
Teaching and learning material
- Z. Bauman, Consuming life (English version)
- Z. Bauman, Vida de consumo (infraclase)
- Z. Bauman, Wasted lives (chapters 1, 2)
- 1929, The Big Crash
- Against happiness: Why we need a philosophy of failure
- BBC (E. Bernays) The century of the self
- Culto a estar ocupado (Tiempo en Gadamer)
- David Boaz, Libertarianism
- E. Bernays, Engineering of consent
- El País, La tiranía de la imagen (artículo J. Sampedro)
- González Férriz. Mito de la autenticidad y la publicidad
- Jot Down, about poverty
- Lipovetsky, Le Crépuscule du devoir
- M. Sandel, What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets
- N. Carr (El País, Homo Technologicus)
- N. Carr (El País, I)
- N. Carr (El País, II)
- N. Carr (El País, III)
- N. Carr (El País, IV)
- N. Carr, Revolution of technology
- Neil Postman's "Five Things We Need to Know About Technological Change
- This space available
- Tiempo libre y hombre moderno (el tiempo libre ha muerto)
- Tiempo lleno y tiempo vacío
- V. Erice, Lifeline (ten minutes older)
- Z. Bauman, Consuming life (preface & chap. I, p.77)