Barcelona, Spain

Critical Thinking

when 15 July 2024 - 2 August 2024
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 910

Welcome to the Critical Thinking course, a transformative journey that invites you to enhance your critical thinking skills and delve into the intricate dynamics of cognition, rhetoric, and argumentation. Throughout this intellectual odyssey, our goal is to provide you with practical tools and insights essential for navigating the complex landscape of critical thinking. In this introductory course, you will learn to identify arguments, evaluate them, and steer clear of fallacies and belief mistakes that can lead to the formation of misguided beliefs. The practical skill of critical argumentation is emphasized, employing real examples to ensure a hands-on learning experience from the very beginning. The methods presented are based on state-of-the-art techniques developed in argumentation theory, informal logic, and the latest discoveries in cognition and argumentation. The course culminates in an engaging Argument Debate Week, allowing you to put your newly acquired skills into practice. No prerequisites are needed, and during the initial week, electronic devices are prohibited to foster focused learning. All teaching materials will be accessible on Campus Virtual.

Course leader

Jordi Vallverdú Segura, is an ICREA Academia researcher and Professor at UAB about cognitive and epistemic aspects of the Philosophy of Computing, Philosophy of Sciences, Cognition, Ethics, and Philosophy of AI.

Target group

The UAB Barcelona Summer School is open to standing local and international undergraduates and graduates students. International students who have been accomplished the first year of their undergraduate or at least the 50% of their first year credits at their home university could also be enroled at the programme. A working knowledge of the language instruction is highly recommended.

Course aim

Prepare to explore the boundaries of traditional rhetoric and witness the synergies between human intellect and artificial ingenuity. The Critical Thinking course is not just a theoretical exploration; it is a dynamic experience crafted to empower you with the skills, knowledge, and innovative techniques needed to thrive in a world where effective communication and critical reasoning are paramount. Join us on this intellectual adventure, where the synthesis of theory and practice creates a fertile ground for the cultivation of astute critical thinkers.

Credits info

6 EC
All subjects are accredited with 6 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) that your university might transfer to you own degree programme (depending on your home university’s regulations), especially if it has a mobility programme in place with the UAB.

Fee info

EUR 910: The course fee for international and national students (non-UAB students) is € 910 but those who register before May 15th will get 20% discount.


No but there is 20% discount on the tuition fee if prospective students register before May 15th.