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The Social Sciences

Use this dataset to learn about the different branches of social science--the scientific study of human society and social relationships.
a data set by WorldExplorer
created June 8, 2017
BranchProfessionDescriptionSub-fieldsImageNotable PeopleQuoteImportant Texts
AnthropologyAnthropologistThe study of human societies and cultures and their developmentPhysical anthropology; cultural anthropology; ethnographyClaude Lévi-Strauss"The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he is one who asks the right questions."The Interpretation of Cultures by Clifford Geertz
ArcheologyArcheologistThe study of human history and prehistory through excavation and the analysis of bones, artifacts and other remainsHistorical archeology; ethnoarcheology; archeometryMary Leakey"Theories come and go, but the fundamental data always remains the same."Archeology: Theories, Methods, and Practice by Colin Renfrew
Cognitive ScienceCognitive ScientistThe interdisciplinary study of the mind and its processesArtificial intelligenceDouglas Richard Hofstadter"Irrationality is the square root of all evil."The Political Mind by George Lakoff
EconomicsEconomistThe branch of knowledge that seeks to analyze and describe the production, distribution, and consumption of wealthMicroeconomics; macroeconomicsJohn Maynard Keynes; Thomas Sowell"The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that still carries any reward."The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
EducationPedadgogueThe teaching and learning of specific skillsPedagogyFriedrich Froebel"Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child's soul."The Uses of the University by Clark Kerr
Gender StudiesGender theoristThe branch of knowledge that focuses on gender identity and gendered representationWomen's studies; queer studiesSimone de Beauvoir"All oppression creates a state of war."Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity by Judith Butler
GeographyGeographerThe study of the physical features of the earth and its atmosphere, and of how human activity affects and is affected by theseCartography; physical geography; human geography; integrated geographyWilliam Morris Davis"It is the relationship between the physical environment and the environed organism, between physiography and ontography (to coin a term), that constitutes the essential principles of geography today. "Perspective on the Nature of Geography by Richard Hartshorne
HistoryHistorianThe study of past eventsWorld history; environmental history; history of religionHoward Zinn"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism."A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
LawLawyerThe study of the meanings, values, and practices of law.Jurispudence; international law; criminal lawDerrick Bell"It appears my worst fears have been realizes: we have made progress in everything and yet nothing has changed."The Rule of Law by Tom Bingham
LinguisticsLinguistThe scientific study of language and its structureApplied linguistics; sociolinguistics; historical-comparitive linguistics; computational linguistics; psycholinguisticsNoam Chomsky"A language is not just words. It's a culture, a tradition, a unification of a community, a whole history that creates what a community is. It's all embodied in a language."On Language by Noam Chomsky
Political SciencePolitical ScientistThe branch of knowledge that analyzes and describes systems of government, as well as political activity and behaviorComparitive politics; international relations; political theory; public policy; public lawFrancis Fukuyama“To truly esteem oneself means that one must be capable of feeling shame or self-disgust when one does not live up to a certain standard” The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
PsychologyPsychologistThe scientific study of the human mind and its functionsDevelopmental psychology; social psychology; clinical psychologySigmund Freud"Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise."Man and His Symbols by Carl Jung
SociologySociologistThe study of the development, structure, and fuctions of human societySocial psychology; demography; digital sociologyÉmile Durkheim“It is society which, fashioning us in its image, fills us with religious, political and moral beliefs that control our actions.” On Individuality and Social Forms by Georg Simmel
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