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State of the Art in Social Sciences in Primary Education: Teaching and Learning Critical Thinking

Code: 106078 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
2500797 Early Childhood Education OT 4 0
2500798 Primary Education OT 4 0
The proposed teaching and assessment methodology that appear in the guide may be subject to changes as a result of the restrictions to face-to-face class attendance imposed by the health authorities.


Antoni Santisteban Fernández

Use of Languages

Principal working language:
catalan (cat)
Some groups entirely in English:
Some groups entirely in Catalan:
Some groups entirely in Spanish:


Gustavo Gonzalez Valencia
Neus González Monfort


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Objectives and Contextualisation

1. To value the treatment of controversial subjects of the current society in primary education.

2. Identify critical thinking skills when we work with Socially Acute Questions.

3. Evaluate the importance of the critical thinking education in school and in democracy.

4. Develop Digital Critical Literacy for the interpretation of digital media and for social action.

5. Make inequalities and injustices visible in digital media and social networks.


    Early Childhood Education
  • Act with ethical responsibility and respect for fundamental rights and duties, diversity and democratic values.
  • Adopt ethical behaviour and attitudes and act according to the ethical principles of the profession.
  • Design and regulate learning spaces in diverse contexts which attend to the particular issues of pupils regarding gender equality, equity and respect for human rights.
  • Promoting and cooperating in initiatives, inside and outside of the school, organised by families, municipalities and other institutions with an emphasis on civic education.
    Primary Education
  • Act with ethical responsibility and respect for fundamental rights and duties, diversity and democratic values.
  • Design and regulate learning spaces in contexts of diversity that take into account gender equality, equity and respect for human rights and observe the values of public education.
  • Maintain a respectful attitude to the natural, social and cultural environment to foster values, behaviours and practices that attend to gender equality, equity and respect for human rights.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyse and apply the contributions of history, geography and social science to the teaching of human rights.
  2. Identifying, describing and analysing didactic models, strategies and curricular material on political culture and civic culture.
  3. Propose projects and actions that are in accordance with the principles of ethical responsibility and respect for fundamental rights and obligations, diversity and democratic values.


Block 1

1. Work with controversial issues in school and democratic education: origin, traditions and trends.

2. The work process with controversial issues in primary education: representations, time, space, case studies and decision making.

Block 2

3. The development of critical thinking skills in the analysis of social issues.

4. The critical thinking education and social change.

Block 3

5. Digital critical literacy: critical interpretation of digital media and social networks against sexism, homophobia, racism, aporophobia and any form of social discrimination.

6. Work with hate speech and build counterspeech for social justice education and human rights.


The protagonist in the teaching-learning process is always the student. It is under this premise that this subject methodology has been planned.

Teachers are going to present the theoretical framework and give the students the responsibility to build their knowledge from the references, curricular materials, and didactic proposals.

It is highly important to use digital tools, virtual contexts, human rights websites about democratic education.

Annotation: Within the schedule set by the centre or degree programme, 15 minutes of one class will be reserved for students to evaluate their lecturers and their courses or modules through questionnaires.


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Case study from mass media and digital tools 45 1.8
Type: Supervised      
Attendance and virtual activities 7.5 0.3
Tutorials 22.5 0.9
Type: Autonomous      
Reference comments, websites, practical activities, and oral presentation. 75 3


To obtain a pass in the final mark for this module it is essential to pass (minimum mark of 5 out of 10) each of the assessment blocks: group work, written exam and individual work.

All the assessment tasks carried out throughout the course must be submitted before the deadline indicated by the teacher in the module programme.

The marks for each paper or the exam will be available within 1 month after their submission.

The reassessment of the subject will consist of a work proposal of a socially question for primary education, applying one of the categories of critical thinking. This work must be delivered two weeks after the communication of the final assessment.

Attendance to field trips is compulsory. Students must attend a minimum of 80% of seminars; otherwise, they will be deemed as "absent".

To pass this subject, students need to perform the proposed activities with a good communicative competence, both orally and in written papers in the languages specified in this teaching guide.

In accordance with UAB regulations, plagiarism or copy of any paper will be punished with a grade of 0 on that paper, losing any possibility of remedial task.

Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Journal of thematic ideas from formal and non formal education (individual work) 30% 0 0 1, 2, 3
Journal on readings and reflection on materials, websites and digital tools (individual work) 30% 0 0 1, 2, 3
Lesson Plan Design (team work) 40% 0 0 1, 2, 3



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