Economics economics is the study of human economic

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Economics – Economics is the study of human economic systems and commercial exchange behavior. Economics deals with the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. It also deals with the theory and management of economies or economic systems. The study of economics is usually divided into two main categories, microeconomics (individual behavior) and macroeconomics (groups and government behavior). Political science – Political science is the study of political systems. Political scientists are concerned with the nature, the accumulation, the distribution, the exercise, and the control of power on all levels of social interaction, with special emphasis upon the power of the state. Some study comparative political systems and the international system. Psychology – Psychology is the study of the mind and its processes. Psychologists study individual behavior within a social context. 4
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Power, Authority, and Exchange – ISS 225 Intro. Social Science Sociology – Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. The subject matter of sociology is very wide, from the intimate family to organized crime, religious cults, class systems, gender, race, and even the sociology of sports. History – History studies social relations in the past. History systematically looks at how current society evolved. B. Hybrid Social Science Disciplines There are some natural relationships between social science disciplines, such as: Anthropology and sociology Political science and sociology Business and economics Economics and political science History and religion This has given rise to hybrid social science disciplines that begin as fields on the frontier of two disciplines. Some will gradually become academic disciplines with their own periodicals and professional associations. Boundaries are often fuzzy. For example, where does historical sociology end and social history begin? Here are a few social science examples: Social psychology Political sociology Political anthropology C. Applied Social Science Disciplines Applied social sciences have broken away from larger disciplines and become autonomous. Typically, they are more practical in their orientation. For example, 5
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Power, Authority, and Exchange – ISS 225 Intro. Social Science criminology was once an important part of sociology and political science. Sometimes, the applied specialties are mission oriented and blend insights from several academic disciplines. This is true of criminology, especially as it focuses on law enforcement and crime prevention. If you take a course in criminal justice at MSU you will see how it borrows from many different disciplines.
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