What is difference between sociology and social science?

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Answer by Jim
For reasons that have never been clearly elucidated, about 40 years ago, people began making a distinction between behavioral science and social science. I think that the reason was the type of matter that was being studied.

Behavioral sciences deal with matters concerning living human beings: sociology (human groups, mainly in industrial societies), psychology (individuals, mainly in western society), and cultural anthropology (human groups mainly outside of industrial and western societies).

Social sciences deal with matters of human creation (history, political science, economics).

About the same time, the social science departments at most universities divided into separate departments of social science and behavioral science. In very large universities with many faculty members, today the departments may be individualized (Department of Sociology, Department of Criminology, Department of Environmental Psychology, Department of Macroeconomics). However, these departments may be gathered within DIVISIONS (Division of Natural and Behavioral Science at California State University, Dominguez Hills, for example).

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One Response to “What is difference between sociology and social science?”

  1. Jody February 11, 2014 at 10:56 am #

    Social science is a large and very broad field of study, sociology is just one course, or one branch in that large field of study.

    Other courses can include: psychology, political science, criminology, anthropology, history, etc…

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