General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Carolina Chabrera Sanz

Trimester: First term

Credits: 5

Teaching staff: 

Esther Mateo Aguilar

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish


Basic skills
  • CB4_That students can convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to an audience, both specialized and non-specialized

  • CB5_That students have developed those learning skills necessary to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy.

  • CB2_That students know how to apply their knowledge to their job or vocation in a professional way and have the skills that need to be demonstrated through the elaboration and defense of arguments and the resolution of problems within their area of ​​study

  • CB1_That students have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of an area of ​​study that is based on general education, and is usually found at a level that, while supported by advanced textbooks. Also includes some aspects that involve knowledge from the forefront of their field of study

  • CB3_That students have the ability to gather or interpret relevant data (usually within their area of ​​study), to make judgments that include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues

Specific skills
  • CE11_Identify, integrate and relate the concept of health and care, from a historical perspective, to understand the evolution of nursing care

  • CE12_Understand, from an ontological and epistemological perspective, the evolution of the central concepts that make up the discipline of nursing, as well as the most relevant theoretical models, applying the scientific methodology in the process of caring and developing the corresponding care plans

  • CE14_Know and apply the principles that underpin comprehensive nursing care

General competencies
  • CG3_Know and apply the foundations and theoretical and methodological principles of nursing

Transversal competences
  • CT 1 Develop the ability to assess inequalities based on sex and gender, to design solutions


Historical and philosophical evolution of care is a compulsory subject that takes place during the first term of the first year and links with the subject Methodology of nursing care in the third term.

In this subject the student will acquire the first-year skills necessary to understand the progression of the nursing profession up to the present day by contextualizing it within society, identifying the key concepts that define us as a profession epistemologically and ontologically. In this way, the student will acquire the scientific bases that will be used for the further development of Nursing methodology as a scientific and professional tool.

The course includes the study of the historical bases of care and the philosophical basis of nursing. The historical analysis of the concept of care allows the student to understand the current role of the nursing professional within the health team and how it contributes differently to people's health through the application of care. professional. A care developed in its own conceptual framework, favored by the understanding of the nuclear phenomena of the discipline and the importance of nursing conceptual models as a philosophical basis.


The contents studied in this subject include these areas of knowledge:

Block 1: Historical evolution of care

Unit 1: Domestic stage of care


Ancient civilizations

Classic World

Unit 2: Vocational stage of care


Middle Ages

Modern world

Unit 3: Technical stage of care

My Contemporaries

The reform of nursing in the nineteenth century

The twentieth century

Spanish nursing in the technical stage of care

Unit 4: Professional stage of care

Millennium change

Professionalization of nursing

Nursing training

Block 2: Philosophical evolution of care.

Unit 5: Philosophy, metaparadigm, theories, nursing models.

Virginia Henderson

Marjory Gordon

Other nursing models and theories

Unit 6: Critical thinking, clinical reasoning and clinical judgment in nursing. Nursing care process

Block 3: Research, teaching and the historical future of the profession.


Evaluation system

The assessment system for the skills and learning outcomes of this subject includes different assessment activities for Subject 4 - Basic Nursing Sciences:


Evaluation system

Minimum weighting

Maximum weighting

SE1. Exam




SE2. Individual works




SE3. Teamwork




SE4. Classroom participation




SE5. Seminars




SE7. Practical test




SE8. Individual follow-up





A system of quantitative (from 0 to 10) and qualitative (suspended, approved, notable, excellent, honorary registration) is used according to RD 1125/2003.

The total or partial copy in any of the learning activities means a "Not Presented" in the subject, without option to present in the proof of recovery and without prejudice of the opening of a file for this reason.

According to UPF regulations, students who have the option of retrieving the subject are those who have obtained a “suspended” grade, which are the only ones that can be modified in the recovery process.

The evaluation system and recovery period are detailed in the Learning Plan available in the virtual classroom at the beginning of the subject.




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