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As a Social Science

By Bernard

The Diagram of Sciences< shows that the social sciences form a bloc within the humanities. These are human sciences that study human beings in their collective behavior : the family, at work, in social organization , etc. .

The four social sciences taught in Quebec colleges are :

  • Anthropology,
  • Political science,
  • Sociology and
  • The Economy.

According to studies by Claire Fournier and Jacques Lafeuille, the proper objects of each of the social sciences are respectively :

  • The code for anthropology,
  • The influence for political science,
  • The relationship for sociology and
  • The exchange for the economy.

These four words are very important and significant.

John Kenneth Galbraith, in "The New Industrial State " adds a very interesting sentence on this subject.

" In Economics, as in other social sciences, there is both changes in the state of knowledge and in the study material.  Our knowledge of methods of price formation is improving, but at the same time, the methods of price formation are also changing. " (Pages 413-4)