Social science can be described as all of the following:
- A science – systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe.
- Major category of academic disciplines – an academic discipline is focused study in one academic field or profession. A discipline incorporates expertise, people, projects, communities, challenges, studies, inquiry, and research areas that are strongly associated with academic areas of study or areas of professional practice. For example, the branches of science are commonly referred to as the scientific disciplines. For instance, gravitation is strongly associated with the discipline of physics, and is considered to be part of that disciplinary knowledge.
Social science organizations
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. (March 2013)