Definition of social science in English:

social science


  • 1[mass noun] The scientific study of human society and social relationships.

    • ‘Ives said any efforts to tackle the problems must be linked to human sciences such as anthropology, social science, and human geography.’
    • ‘The domain of their creative energy is confined to one specific department of science, namely social science.’
    • ‘She began to feel that there was something which should be done about the system itself, so after two years she felt she should return to study social science.’
    • ‘He has a B.S. in environmental studies and an M.S. in social science.’
    • ‘A second recent development in the study of marriage has revived the project of comparative social science as a complement to the ethnographic discipline of fieldwork.’
    • ‘The final section of this chapter deals with wider issues and with the relative role of science and social science.’
    • ‘However, in 1911 he gave up the idea of training for the priesthood and embarked on the study of philosophy, social science, and natural science.’
    • ‘No doubt Peukert's impatience with Max Weber has something to do with his own vision of what social science is and what methods may be best for its study.’
    • ‘For the past four years Ray, who lives in Whalley Range, Manchester, has spent at least three hours every day studying for an Open University degree in social science.’
    • ‘All of this work had the same aim as his first study - to better human life through social science.’
    • ‘Contemporary philosophers of social science have taken issue with traditional ideas about objectivity.’
    • ‘He applied the method of analysis to political economy, which put a ‘logic of the human will’ at the centre of social science.’
    • ‘He argues that modern social science rests on dubious theological assumptions.’
    • ‘It is an extension of the evolution of the scientific method in the physical sciences into social science.’
    • ‘This is an interesting and informative introduction to debates in the philosophy and methodology of social science.’
    • ‘For social science to seem scientific, the first requirement is that people have numbers.’
    • ‘Courses in literature, social science, and science were analytical, not moralistic.’
    • ‘Agricultural economics is typically selected as a field of study by students who are interested in applied business or social science.’
    • ‘It's just that much of this analysis boils down to either social history or cultural sociology - in other words, social science.’
    • ‘Our research is multidisciplinary and represents social science, medicine, and volcanology.’
    1. 1.1[count noun]A subject within the field of social science, such as economics or politics.
      • ‘They adjusted their curriculum and linked communications science with the social sciences.’
      • ‘Researchers from all fields of the behavioral and social sciences are encouraged to apply.’
      • ‘The most prominent science journals are in the social sciences, which are led by economics and political science.’
      • ‘Major social sciences today are economics, political science, anthropology, and sociology.’
      • ‘England supports research and teaching in all areas of science and the social sciences.’
      • ‘Perhaps the most highly developed social science is the archaeological study of the ancient Maya at the site of Copán and elsewhere in western Honduras.’
      • ‘Much of the debate about nationalism has taken place not in International Relations but in another social science, Sociology.’
      • ‘Proposals from all disciplines of the humanities and social sciences are welcome.’
      • ‘In the social sciences, economics and econometrics are the most widespread and highly developed fields.’
      • ‘Current debates within the social sciences focus upon the impacts of one or more of these technologies.’
      • ‘In social sciences like archeology or history, it is clear that tomorrow is not the same as today.’
      • ‘Historical sciences are a general case of the historical social sciences.’
      • ‘There is one social science that has adopted a view on human nature, albeit only implicitly, and that is economics.’
      • ‘Anthropology was better developed than other social sciences in this field.’
      • ‘Of all the social sciences, economics most closely resembles the natural sciences.’
      • ‘Other social sciences such as Economics, Sociology, and Anthropology were demarcated in similar fashion.’
      • ‘Postan wrote as an economist: as someone whose training was in the social sciences.’
      • ‘Critical Theory has a narrow and a broad meaning in philosophy and in the history of the social sciences.’
      • ‘It is based in Exeter, and its experience is largely in publishing heavyweight academic journals in the social sciences.’
      • ‘And the list does not stop with other branches of psychology or even other social sciences.’


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