Universitat Internacional de Catalunya


First semester
Global Trends
Main language of instruction: Spanish

Teaching staff

Dr. MIRÓ COMAS, Abel - amiro@uic.es

In person in the classroom or by email: amiro@uic.es


The objective of this course is to help the student to form a criterion and, as Jaime Balmes affirms, "the criterion is a means to know the truth". Now, truth is not a prerogative of the intelligence, but something that concerns all human faculties: the truth of the understanding consists in seeing things as they are; the truth of the will consists in desiring them in an orderly manner, in conformity with the rules of ethics; and the truth of conduct or behavior consists in acting under the impulse of a good will. The criterion is an instrument that seeks the harmony of the whole man, without underestimating any of his faculties. Following, mainly, The Criterion of Jaime Balmes, we propose to offer an "integral logic", or better said, an "integral anthropology", capable of leading man, in all his dimensions (intelligence, will, passions...), towards the truth: "Here is the complete man, the man par excellence; in him reason gives light, imagination paints, the heart vivifies, religion divinizes".


Pre-course requirements

No prerequisites.


To reflect on man in his personal, family, professional and social dimensions.


  • 02 CG - The ability to learn and act an autonomously and responsibly
  • 04 CG - The ability to organise time and workspace
  • 08 CG - The ability to reflect and memorize.
  • 09 CG - The ability to innovate
  • 10 CG - Knowledge and mastery of bibliographic repertoires
  • 18 CE - Ability to detect newsworthy events

Learning outcomes

1. You will have acquired knowledge about the essential characteristics of the person. 2.

2. Know and understand what are the great existential questions of the person.

3. Will have acquired knowledge about how the person should behave and why.

4. Will have learned how to make decisions in situations with ethical implications.

5. Will be more sensitive to the promotion of respect, trust and cordiality among people.

6. Will have learned to evaluate the ethical consequences of our actions.

7. Will have acquired skills in oral and written communication.

8. Will have developed the ability to analyze and synthesize the information obtained from classroom lectures and supplementary material.

9. Will have acquired skills that favor reading comprehension.

10. Will have developed habits of neatness in the presentation of documents.


Introduction. The utility of the useless.

2. The Criterion as an "integral anthropology". The art of thinking well.

3. Speculative understanding.

4. The practical understanding.

5. The problem of feelings.

6. Conclusion. Personal harmony.

Teaching and learning activities

In person

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. 3,0
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. 0,6
Focused Praxis. Handing in occasional exercises to learn theory through practice. 1,2
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. 0,6
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

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person



Continuous evaluation

-First midterm: 35% of the grade (October 26th)

- Second midterm: 35% of the grade (December 21).

-Exercises and class participation: 20% of the grade. A series of qualifying exercises will be proposed to be carried out in groups of 5 or 6 people as a continuous evaluation (written exercises or oral expositions). The exercises will be delivered on the date of the final exam.

-Delivery of the class notes, duly systematized and ordered: 10% of the grade. The notes will be handed in on the date of the final exam.

-It is possible, in addition, to increase the grade by means of the elaboration of an optional philosophical work. The delivery of this work is a prerequisite for those who aspire to honorable registration.


Plagiarism is strictly forbidden in any of the evaluative activities.

Spelling mistakes in any of the deliveries will be treated according to the faculty's regulations.


Single evaluation

-Final exam (to be held on the date set by the Secretary's Office): 100% of the grade.

Plagiarism is strictly forbidden in any of the evaluative activities.

Spelling mistakes in any of the deliveries will be treated according to the faculty regulations.





For students attending the 3rd call, the conditions are the same as for the 1st and 2nd call.

In the case of overlapping classes (with other subjects), students can go personally to the professor of the subject to resolve their situation.