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so·cial sci·ence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. social sciencenoun

    the branch of science that studies society and the relationships of individual within a society

Wiktionary

  1. social sciencenoun

    A branch of science that studies the society and human behavior in it, including anthropology, communication studies, criminology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, social studies, and sociology.

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  1. Social science

    Social science is a category of academic disciplines concerned with society and the relationships among individuals within a society. The disciplines include, but are not limited to: anthropology, archaeology, communication studies, economics, history, musicology, human geography, jurisprudence, linguistics, political science, psychology, public health, and sociology. The term is also sometimes used to refer specifically to the field of sociology, the original "science of society", established in the 19th century. For a more detailed list of sub-disciplines within the social sciences see: Outline of social science. Positivist social scientists use methods resembling those of the natural sciences as tools for understanding society, and so define science in its stricter modern sense. Interpretivist social scientists, by contrast, may use social critique or symbolic interpretation rather than constructing empirically falsifiable theories, and thus treat science in its broader sense. In modern academic practice, researchers are often eclectic, using multiple methodologies (for instance, by combining both quantitative and qualitative research). The term "social research" has also acquired a degree of autonomy as practitioners from various disciplines share in its aims and methods.

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  1. Social science

    Social science refers to the academic disciplines concerned with the society and the relationships of individuals within a society, which primarily rely on empirical approaches. It is commonly used as an umbrella term to refer to anthropology, economics, psychology and sociology. In a wider sense, it may often include humanities such as archaeology, area studies, communication studies, cultural studies, folkloristics, history, law, linguistics, political science, and rhetoric. The term may however be used in the specific context of referring to the original science of society, established in 19th century, sociology. Émile Durkheim, Karl Marx and Max Weber are typically cited as the principal architects of modern social science by this definition. Positivist social scientists use methods resembling those of the natural sciences as tools for understanding society, and so define science in its stricter modern sense. Interpretivist social scientists, by contrast, may use social critique or symbolic interpretation rather than constructing empirically falsifiable theories, and thus treat science in its broader sense. In modern academic practice, researchers are often eclectic, using multiple methodologies. The term social research has also acquired a degree of autonomy as practitioners from various disciplines share in its aims and methods.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of social science in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of social science in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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    These are make or break issues, there's a lot of complex logistics and social science here.

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    So often social science and economic experiments are designed outside the real world and Stacia Martin-West don't take into account the capacities of real cities or states, we're working within and alongside government to implement the program while running the science.


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