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List the main subjects that build up the knowledge area of social science.

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The social sciences encompass fields of study that examine people's behavior and relationships with each other. There are many ways to study this behavior and different ways to build the knowledge base in this area. However, the commonality among all the social sciences is their study of human behavior of different sorts.

Sociology, for example, examines the functioning of society. Psychology examines the functioning of humans with regard to emotions and beliefs. The other social sciences include anthropology (the study of the development of cultures), economics (the study of humans as economic beings), geography (the study of how humans affect the natural world), history (the study of humans over time), and political science (the study of humans as political beings). While each of these areas looks at different forms of human behavior, they all rely on observation to build up the knowledge base. This type of observation can include interviews, qualitative studies, quantitative studies, research, or other forms of recording and analyzing human behavior—both past and present.

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Social Science refers to any division of science that deals with the social or cultural facets of human behavior. There are a wide number of topics that make up the bulk of the social sciences, and the list is constantly being updated to include new areas of study. 

Anthropology: The study of the evolutionary history of human beings, as well as social and cultural behaviors that set humans apart from other animals.

Sociology: The broad study of human culture and societies and the factors that cause them to change.

Social Psychology: The study of human social and cultural behavior and the factors that influence them.

Political Science: The study of governments and the factors that influence them.

Economics: The study of the creation, circulation and transfer of wealth.

Linguistics: The study of the psychology and social aspects of human language.

History: The study and research of past human events.

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