Social Scientific Approaches
The social sciences provide systematic approaches to understanding relationships that arise among individuals, organizations, or institutions. Students in a course in the Social Scientific Approach to Knowing acquire an understanding of theories about individual or collective behavior within a social environment and of the ways that empirical evidence is used to develop and test those theories.
Courses in Social Scientific Approaches
- explore assumptions embedded in social scientific theories and
- examine the importance of simplifying or describing observations of the world in order to construct a model of individual or collective behavior.
- Courses in Social Scientific Approaches require students to apply a social scientific theory as a way of understanding individual or collective behavior.