By definition social science questions traditional

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By definition, social science questions traditional values and beliefs. Social science research often produces findings and conclusions that counter traditional, strongly held beliefs. Many social scientists have been associated with liberal causes. F. Scientific Nature of Social Sciences As we will see in the next section, the claim of social sciences of being scientific has always been problematic. The social sciences are often termed the soft sciences. This is due to the nature of what they study. The hard sciences like biology or physics, study natural physical processes and organisms. The hard sciences study phenomena, which can be measured exactly. Humans are much different than rocks, animals, or cells. People are creative and emotional beings. Individuals do not respond to the world in the same way. They are more complex than lower life forms. Humans can feel and think. They are capable of changing the course of theirs and others lives. Because of this, social scientists cannot predict what humans will do in many circumstances. So they tend to study human behavior, which is defined as normal or the behavior of human in categories. Problems with being scientific in social sciences may include the following: The large number of unique events The large number of unique variables Events which are not universal, but vary from culture to culture and time to time The difficulty of being wholly objective and neutral The poor predictive power of most social science disciplines The greatly oversimplified model of the real world KEY TERMS: Power Authority Exchange Social science Anthropology Economics Political science Psychology 11
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Power, Authority, and Exchange – ISS 225 Intro. Social Science Sociology Hybrid social science Applied social science Policy sciences 12
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