Introduction

The bachelor's degree in Philosophy trains students in the study of generally applicable ideas such as existence, truth, time, free will, knowledge, good or beauty, as well as others with more specific applications, such as language, science, technology, politics, law, religion or applied ethics.

The bachelor's degree Philosophy in at the University of Barcelona stands out for the variety and richness of its methodological and conceptual approaches. Students develop logic and argumentation skills, a mastery of language, and creativity in the field of ideas, while also learning to manage and coming to have a great capacity for reflection and analysis. It provides sound, broad knowledge of the theoretical study of abstract problems and areas of discussion and debate. Philosophy studies are considered appropriate for people who have taken other university courses and want to add to their training by examining in greater depth aspects of the foundations of knowledge and cross-cutting, interdisciplinary issues or issues of general theoretical interest. This qualification enables graduates to work in secondary and further education, in the field of research and in the areas of culture and communication.

Basic information

TypeBachelor's degrees
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Philosophy
Branch of knowledge
  • Arts and Humanities
Mode of delivery

face-to-face

Credits240
Number of places available

200

Length of course4 academic years
Language(s) of instructionCatalan 63,1%, Spanish 34,6%, English 2,3%
Admission grade

5,840 (July 2023, start of process, via official entrance examinations/vocational training)

 

Approximate price per credit17,69 €
Compulsory placementsNo
CoordinatorMANUEL PEREZ OTERO
Course detailsIndicators
SpecializationsYes

Objectives and competences

Objectives

  • The aim of the bachelor's degree in philosophy is for students to obtain the following educational objectives:
  • To gain the ability to understand and critically assess ideas referring to the nature of reality, values and our experience, that have an important function in understanding the human being.
  • To propose criticisms and reinterpretations of texts.
  • To use instruments based on formal logic.
  • To construct and assess arguments.
  • To do mental experiments and combine data and evidence from different sources in an ordered way.
  • To train in the study of ideas that have a general application, for example, in concepts of existence, truth, time, causality, free will, the relationship between mind and body, knowledge, rationality, meaning, duty, kindness or beauty. 
  • To know how to transmit knowledge on issues associated with specific study areas such as language, science, technology, social sciences, politics, law, society, education, religion, literature and arts, mathematics and applied ethics.

Competences

BASIC COMPETENCES

  • Capacity to understand and have knowledge beyond the study area and to integrate avant-garde aspects in the specific area.
  • Capacity to apply knowledge in professional practice and to develop specific competences for formulating and defending arguments and for solving problems related to the area of study.
  • Ability to gather and interpret data that facilitate the analysis and diagnosis of specific social, scientific and ethical topics.
  • Capacity to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Skills required for further study with a high degree of independence.

 

GENERAL COMPETENCES

  • Responsibility, capacity to analyse and synthesise, a global understanding and the ability to apply knowledge in practice.
  • Creativity, initiative and adaptation.
  • Capacity to conceive, design and manage projects, and capacity to research and integrate new knowledge and approaches.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Critical and self-critical capabilities.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
  • Capacity to reason and a critical spirit.
  • The skills needed to take the first steps in research.
  • Ability to teach.
  • Respect and promote human rights, the principles of equal opportunities, non-discrimination, accessibility, gender equality and the values of a culture of peace and democratic values.

 

SPECIFIC COMPETENCES

  • Sensitivity to diverse opinions, practices and ways of life.
  • Capacity to read carefully and to interpret texts from different eras or traditions, with sensitivity to the context in which they were produced.
  • Capacity to use and understand specialised philosophical terminology.
  • Capacity to identify the fundamental questions in different types of debates.
  • Capacity to present philosophical topics and questions clearly, orally and in writing.
  • To be able to back up ethical and social commitments rationally.
  • Clear understanding of the problems, theories and main arguments in the fields of logic, metaphysics, epistemology, the philosophy of language, and the philosophy of the mind.
  • Clear understanding of the problems, theories and main arguments in the fields of moral philosophy, political philosophy, social philosophy and aesthetics.
  • Capacity to identify the main theories defended in the works of the most notable authors of philosophy, and the most important arguments that are used to defend them.
  • Capacity to apply philosophical concepts to the orientation of human, social and political problems, and even new problems that arise in the progress of science and technology, and capacity to understand what is derived from the new forms of communication and social relations.
  • Capacity to recognise the influence of contemporary philosophers on other areas of knowledge and culture.

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

In addition to the abilities required of any university student (responsibility, commitment, initiative, willingness to work in a team, etc.) applicants should have a broad interest in culture and general curiosity about all aspects of knowledge, interest in developing logic and argument skills, a command of language, capacity to reflect and analyse, enjoyment of reading and working with texts, and an interest in the theoretical study and discussion of abstract problems. It is very important to have a high level of oral and written expression in Catalan and Spanish and a good level in a third language.

Access requirements and conditions

Admission for students with studies completed outside Spain.

Applicants holding higher educational qualifications from a university outside Spain should consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications to find out about specific admission requirements.
 

Pre-enrolment

Students that have studied abroad and who wish to study at the University of Barcelona may be admitted to EHEA bachelor's degree courses. Procedures for gaining admission will depend on the qualifications held by each applicant.

For further information about admission, consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications.
 

Enrolment

As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online via the Món UB portal. To find out the date and time you have been assigned, check the specific information for your course. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned.

Academic information

 

Welcome

Support and guidance

Pre-enrolment information and events

 

Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Type ECTS
Basic training 60
Compulsory 120
Optional 54
Compulsory placements 0
Compulsory final project 6
TOTAL 240

List of subjects

Subject Language Type Credits
Final project 1st semester
2nd semester
Compulsory final project 6
Subject Language Type Credits
Anthropology of Religion 2nd semester Optional 9
Artificial Intelligence 1st semester Optional 6
Astronomy 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 6
Basic Linguistics: Applications 2nd semester Optional 6
Behavioural Biology 1st semester Optional 6
Bioethics and Law 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 3
Bioethics 1st semester Optional 6
Biolinguistics 2nd semester Optional 6
Biological Anthropology 2nd semester Optional 6
Biology I 1st semester Optional 6
Chemistry 1st semester Optional 6
Classical Latin Prose I 2nd semester Optional 6
Classical Tradition 1st semester Optional 6
Computational Linguistics 1st semester Optional 6
Contemporary Aesthetics 1st semester Optional 6
Contemporary History 2nd semester Optional 9
Contemporary Social and Political History 1st semester Optional 6
Economics and the Welfare State 1st semester Optional 3
Economics, Natural Resources and the Environment 1st semester Optional 6
Economy and Industrial and Technological Policy 2nd semester Optional 6
Economy of Natural Resources and the Environment 2nd semester Optional 6
Environmental Impact Assessment 1st semester Optional 6
Environmental Law 2nd semester Optional 6
Environmental Sociology 1st semester Optional 6
Ethical Theories I 2nd semester Optional 6
Ethical Theories II 1st semester Optional 3
Ethology and Evolution of Behaviour 1st semester Optional 6
European Union: Political Institutions 1st semester Optional 6
Evolution 1st semester Optional 6
Examining History: Schools, Theories and Interpretations 1st semester Optional 9
Feminist Literary Criticism and Gender Studies 1st semester Optional 6
Gender and History 1st semester Optional 6
Greek Grammar 1st semester Optional 6
Greek Literature I: Seminal Works 1st semester Optional 6
Greek Mythology 2nd semester Optional 6
Greek Syntax 2nd semester Optional 6
History and Epistemology of Psychology 1st semester Optional 6
History and Methods of Classical Philology 2nd semester Optional 6
History of Biological Thought 2nd semester Optional 6
History of Economic Thought 1st semester Optional 6
History of Law 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 6
History of Medieval Philosophy 2nd semester Optional 6
History of Renaissance Philosophy 2nd semester Optional 6
History of the Welfare State 1st semester Optional 3
Human Evolution 1st semester Optional 6
Information and Communication Technology 1st semester Optional 6
Institutional or Company Placement 2nd semester Practices 6
Introducció a l'Economia 1st semester Optional 6
Introduction to Computers 2nd semester Optional 6
Introduction to Economy 1st semester Optional 6
Introduction to Greek I 1st semester Optional 6
Introduction to Greek II 2nd semester Optional 6
Introduction to Greek III 2nd semester Optional 6
Introduction to Law 1st semester Optional 6
Introduction to Linguistics 2nd semester Optional 6
Issues in Logic I 1st semester Optional 6
Issues in Logic II 2nd semester Optional 6
Issues in Metaphysics I 1st semester Optional 6
Issues in Metaphysics II 2nd semester Optional 3
Issues in Political Philosophy I 2nd semester Optional 6
Issues in Political Philosophy II 1st semester Optional 3
Issues in the History of Contemporary Philosophy I 1st semester Optional 6
Issues in the History of Contemporary Philosophy II 2nd semester Optional 6
Issues in the History of Contemporary Philosophy III 1st semester Optional 6
Issues in the History of Philosophy I 2nd semester Optional 6
Issues in the History of Philosophy II 1st semester Optional 6
Issues in the History of Philosophy III 2nd semester Optional 6
Issues in the History of Philosophy IV 2nd semester Optional 6
Issues in the History of Philosophy V 2nd semester Optional 6
Issues in the History of Science I 1st semester Optional 6
Issues in the History of Science II 2nd semester Optional 6
Issues in the Theory of Knowledge I 1st semester Optional 6
Issues in the Theory of Knowledge II 1st semester Optional 3
Language Acquisition 2nd semester Optional 6
Language and Communication 1st semester Optional 6
Latin Grammar I 1st semester Optional 6
Latin Grammar II 2nd semester Optional 6
Latin I 1st semester Optional 6
Latin II 2nd semester Optional 6
Latin 2nd semester Optional 6
Learning, Motivation and Affective Factors 2nd semester Optional 6
Methodology of Social Science 1st semester Optional 6
Methodology of Social Sciences 2nd semester Optional 6
Philosophy of History 1st semester Optional 6
Philosophy of Language and the Mind I 1st semester Optional 6
Philosophy of Language and the Mind II 2nd semester Optional 6
Philosophy of Law 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 6
Philosophy of Nature 2nd semester Optional 6
Philosophy of Science and Technology I 2nd semester Optional 6
Philosophy of Science and Technology II 1st semester Optional 6
Physics 1st semester Optional 6
Political and Social Intervention 1st semester Optional 6
Political Economy 2nd semester Optional 6
Political Science I 1st semester Optional 6
Political Science 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 6
Principles of Biology 1st semester Optional 6
Problem Solving 2nd semester Optional 6
Programming I 1st semester Optional 6
Programming II 2nd semester Optional 6
Psycholinguistics 2nd semester Optional 6
Psychophysiology 2nd semester Optional 6
Public Management 2nd semester Optional 6
Social Conflict and Collective Action 2nd semester Optional 3
Social Psychology 2nd semester Optional 6
Society and the Environment 1st semester Optional 6
Sociology I 1st semester Optional 6
Sociology of Comunication and Information 2nd semester Optional 6
Sociology of Knowledge 1st semester Optional 6
Sociology of Law 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 3
Sociology of Security and of Risk 2nd semester Optional 6
State and Society 1st semester Optional 6
Statistics 2nd semester Optional 6
Systems of Rights and Liberties 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 6
The World Today 2nd semester Optional 6
The World Today 2nd semester Optional 9
Twentieth-Century Economic History 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 6
Twentieth-Century Literature and Thought 1st semester Optional 6

Pathways and specializations

Specialist minor in Ethics and Political Philosophy
Specialist minor in Logic, Philosophy of Language and Philosophy of Science
Specialist minor in Aesthetics and History of Contemporary Philosophy
Specialist minor in Theoretical Philosophy
Specialist minor in History of Philosophy
Interdisciplinary minor in Science, Society and Politics
Interdisciplinary minor in Economics, Politics and Law
Interdisciplinary minor in Classical Philology
Interdisciplinary minor in Language, Information and Cognition
Interdisciplinary minor in Contemporary World
Interdisciplinary minor in Natural and Environmental Sciences
Check the planning of the different pathways of the degree

Previous years

Placements

Placements are supervised by tutors and subject to assessment.They are therefore included in the academic record.  There is also an option to complete non-curricular placements of up to 500 hours, which can be extended to 900 hours. For both curricular and non-curricular placements, an educational cooperation agreement is signed between the UB and the company, institution or other organization at which the placement will be carried out.
 

Institutional information

Career opportunities

What can you work on ?

  • Cultural management.
  • Media consultancy.
  • Bioethics consultancy.
  • Consulting

Access to the labour market

Data from the university system in Catalonia

Contact us

Faculty of Philosophy

Montalegre, 6 - 08001 Barcelona

Secretaria: 934 037 722 - 934 037 719
secretariafilosofia@ub.edu

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