General information

Subject type: Basic

Coordinator: Carolina Chabrera Sanz

Trimester: Third term

Credits: 4

Teaching staff: 

Gemma Garreta Parés
Marlene Maria Moreno Martinez 

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

  • 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

General competencies
  • CG4_Understand the interactive behavior of the person according to gender, group or community, within their social and multicultural context

  • CG12_Know the ethical and deontological code of Spanish nursing, understanding the ethical implications of health in a social context of transformation

  • CG7_Understand without prejudice to people, considering their physical, psychological and social aspects, as autonomous and independent individuals, ensuring respect for their opinions, beliefs and values, guaranteeing the right to privacy, through confidentiality and professional secrecy

  • CG8_Promote and respect the right to participation, information, autonomy and informed consent in the decision-making of the people cared for, according to the way in which they live their health-illness process

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


The scene of the practice of care professions, including Nursing, has undergone rapid and profound changes in recent years that have changed the nature and objectives of their activity. Some of the causes have been the current proliferation of regulations governing the rights of users of the healthcare system, the diversity of healthcare and Public Health activities, the desire to mainstream gender as an ethical foundation in nursing practice along with the rest of the Sustainable Development Goals (ODS) scheduled by the United Nations, the increase in vulnerable groups that require visibility by the health system, the application of ICTs to the sciences health, the new professional challenges facing pandemic situations, as well as the requirements and availability of resources and means, among others, facts that involve an increasingly complex and demanding professional exercise.

This professional responsibility does not only involve monitoring and complying with current legislation, but also ethical and moral responsibility, given the various situations and/or ethical-legal conflicts that occur in the practice of the profession.

It is these reasons that require a deep and interdisciplinary reflection of the health professions in order to provide answers in the search for professional excellence.

Bioethics and Health Legislation as disciplines offer tools and resources to promote and encourage reflection, dialogue and management of possible answers to the ethical-legal dilemmas that arise from professional practice and the social moment, always taking into account those col .the most vulnerable groups in our society.


The contents of the subject of Bioethics and Legislation are:

Topic 1. Introduction to Bioethics in Nursing.

Item 2. Criminal liability and professional recklessness.

Subject 3. Normopraxis assistance and contribution of the TIC.

Topic 4. Research in nursing. Ethical procedures and legislation.

Topic 5. Ethics and professional values ​​in nursing towards invisible groups.

Item 6. Gender perspective in relation to ethics in nursing.

Evaluation system

The assessment system for the skills and learning outcomes of this subject includes different assessment activities for Subject 2 - Psychosocial Sciences:


Evaluation system

Minimum weighting

Maximum weighting

SE1. Exam




SE2. Individual works




SE3. Teamwork




SE4. Classroom participation





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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