The Social Sciences
Use this dataset to learn about the different branches of social science--the scientific study of human society and social relationships.
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created June 8, 2017
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|Branch||Profession||Description||Sub-fields||Image||Notable People||Quote||Important Texts|
|Anthropology||Anthropologist||The study of human societies and cultures and their development||Physical anthropology; cultural anthropology; ethnography||Claude 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|
|Archeology||Archeologist||The study of human history and prehistory through excavation and the analysis of bones, artifacts and other remains||Historical archeology; ethnoarcheology; archeometry||Mary Leakey||"Theories come and go, but the fundamental data always remains the same."||Archeology: Theories, Methods, and Practice by Colin Renfrew|
|Cognitive Science||Cognitive Scientist||The interdisciplinary study of the mind and its processes||Artificial intelligence||Douglas Richard Hofstadter||"Irrationality is the square root of all evil."||The Political Mind by George Lakoff|
|Economics||Economist||The branch of knowledge that seeks to analyze and describe the production, distribution, and consumption of wealth||Microeconomics; macroeconomics||John 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|
|Education||Pedadgogue||The teaching and learning of specific skills||Pedagogy||Friedrich 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 Studies||Gender theorist||The branch of knowledge that focuses on gender identity and gendered representation||Women's studies; queer studies||Simone de Beauvoir||"All oppression creates a state of war."||Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity by Judith Butler|
|Geography||Geographer||The study of the physical features of the earth and its atmosphere, and of how human activity affects and is affected by these||Cartography; physical geography; human geography; integrated geography||William 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|
|History||Historian||The study of past events||World history; environmental history; history of religion||Howard Zinn||"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism."||A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn|
|Law||Lawyer||The study of the meanings, values, and practices of law.||Jurispudence; international law; criminal law||Derrick 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|
|Linguistics||Linguist||The scientific study of language and its structure||Applied linguistics; sociolinguistics; historical-comparitive linguistics; computational linguistics; psycholinguistics||Noam 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 Science||Political Scientist||The branch of knowledge that analyzes and describes systems of government, as well as political activity and behavior||Comparitive politics; international relations; political theory; public policy; public law||Francis 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|
|Psychology||Psychologist||The scientific study of the human mind and its functions||Developmental psychology; social psychology; clinical psychology||Sigmund Freud||"Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise."||Man and His Symbols by Carl Jung|
|Sociology||Sociologist||The study of the development, structure, and fuctions of human society||Social psychology; demography; digital sociology||Émile 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|