Social Sciences

DEFINITION of 'Social Sciences'

A group of academic disciplines that examine society and how people interact and develop as a culture. Social science as a field of study is separate from the natural sciences, which cover topics such as physics and chemistry. Economics, political science, history, law and geography can be considered social sciences.

BREAKING DOWN 'Social Sciences'

Social science as an academic field of study developed out of the Age of Enlightenment as individuals began to take a more disciplined approach to quantifying their observations of society. Over time, similar aspects of a society, such as communication, were separated into unique fields of study. Statistical surveys and research methodologies helped prove or disprove theories.

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