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Why is it important to study social sciences?  

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kim-c | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Honors

Posted March 9, 2011 at 8:22 PM via web

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Why is it important to study social sciences?  

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 9, 2011 at 8:33 PM (Answer #2)

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The main reason why it is important to study the social sciences is because a knowledge of the social sciences can help us improve our societies.

When we study the social sciences, we are studying how people put their societies together and we are looking at the impacts of their decisions about how their societies should be run.  By studying these things, we are becoming better informed about how societies should be put together.

For example, one area of social science is sociology.  One thing that a sociologist might study is the impact of various governmental programs on the behaviors of the people who participate in them.  If a sociologist studies a welfare program, for example, and finds that it does not help its clients have a better life, that is an important finding.  When social scientists discover things like that, it can help governments better understand what sorts of policy choices to make.

Overall, then, it is important to study social sciences so that we can get the sorts of information that can help us create better societies.

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catd1115 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted March 10, 2011 at 11:36 AM (Answer #3)

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Social means people interacting together. Social Sciences are all about an objective study (science) of people and their interactions. How could this not be important? If we want to improve our lives, choices, groups, institutions and societies we need to understand how they work, why they exist and how they have functioned in the past. I think the most effective study of social science is when they are studied together to answer the big questions we have about ourselves and human life on the planet.

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 11, 2011 at 12:02 PM (Answer #4)

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I personally find the social sciences among the most interesting of subjects to study.  Human behavior is fascinating.  For anyone involved in a life or profession that deals with human behavior (which is arguably everyone), knowledge and understanding of communication, conflict-resolution, motivation, etc. is immensely helpful.

Additionally, we can look at the successes and failures of situations in the past to gain an understanding of how to better the future.  Though this taps more into Social Studies, the principles are the same.

We are a relational species.  It behooves us to understand how we function.

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 13, 2011 at 4:53 PM (Answer #5)

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As previous posters have mentioned, one of the best reasons is just because it is fascinating to try and figure out why humans do what they do.  The newer science of behavioral economics and looking closely at how people can be manipulated to make decisions, etc., is absolutely fascinating stuff.

Though it is impossible to totally understand why humans do what they do, it is certainly possible to better understand it.

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megan-bright | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted April 12, 2011 at 1:20 PM (Answer #6)

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Studying the social sciences can provide us with so many important answers and observations that may help improve the understanding of our lives, and thus help us to improve our interactions with each other. The social sciences can provide insight into all types of social situations such as raising children, romantic relationships, family relationships, friendships, work place relationships, interactions with strangers, cultural differences, and so on.

Studying these situations and complex scenarios that arise in each situation really aids those in various professions that dedicate their lives to helping people improve and understand their behavior or psychological processes.

 

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nabila25 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 4, 2011 at 5:15 AM (Answer #7)

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according to me:  studying social sciences means to aquire more knowledge and help us to know the mystery of the society and ameliorate our interactions with each other,additionally the social sciences are the most important  science in our life because  human being  is the element who lives within a society which takes the great part in the social  sciences

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 29, 2011 at 9:51 AM (Answer #8)

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It is important to study social sciences because they are about what it means to be human.  When we better understand ourselves, we can better understand how the world works.  Once we understand that, we are able to identify root causes of society's problems and find more effective solutions.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 30, 2011 at 1:38 PM (Answer #9)

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The term social science is a catch all for so many subjects it is sort of like asking "why should we study life"? Learning about our own identity, history, culture, and how we relate to other humans on this planet is essential to living as one. Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, all of these are essentially the study of what it means to be human.

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