Social Scientific Approaches


Learning Objectives

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.


  1. Courses in Social Scientific Approaches

    1. explore assumptions embedded in social scientific theories and
    2. examine the importance of simplifying or describing observations of the world in order to construct a model of individual or collective behavior.
  2. Courses in Social Scientific Approaches require students to apply a social scientific theory as a way of understanding individual or collective behavior.