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Disciplines and Ideas in the Applied Social

Sciences

Document: Module 1/ Week 1


Grade Level: Senior High School Grade 12
Teacher: Mr. Michael AS. Enaje

Hi there Senior High School, grade 12 students,

Welcome to our humble institution this academic year 2020 – 2021. Despite of the crisis
we are facing right now, we are here and never stop for your dreams to come true. You are step
ahead in reaching your goals; and part of it, you need to comply with the academic requirements
imposed by the Department of Education for your grade level. Right now, you are about to face
this academic challenge in the new normal phase of school setting.

This module will guide you with your academic journey in DISCIPLINES AND IDEAS
IN THE APPLIED SOCIAL SCIENCES . Every week you will receive a set of module to study
and activities to answer. All data and information you need in your studies will be provided
together with the module. And another, you can also browse the internet for other references. I
know this is new for both of us but then again, I hope you will find it enjoyable while learning
and I’m hoping that we will see each other soon once permitted.

Let us have fun in learning together!

Sincerely yours,
Sir Michael AS. Enaje

Module 1 Contents/ Lessons

1. Course Introduction (Applied Social Sciences)


1.1 Definition of social sciences
1.2 Definition of applied social sciences

LESSON 1 INTRODUCTION

Disciplines and Ideas in the Applied Social Sciences introduces students to the disciplines and
ideas that form part of applied social sciences by drawing on the theories and principles of
psychology, Sociology, anthropology, and other social sciences. The coverage of applied social

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science centers on social science, counseling, social work, and communication, which are
seamlessly threaded together. This book focuses on the processes and applications of these
applied disciplines in critical development areas. It aims to empower students in developing
competencies in interacting and relating with other individuals, groups, and communities; apply
social science principles, practices, and tools in addressing several appropriate development
areas; and sharpen their analytical skills specifics to the processes and life context where these
applied disciplines are at work.

1.1 DEFINITION OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

Social sciences are a group of academic disciplines dedicated to examining society. This branch
of science studies how people interact with each other, behave, develop as a culture, and
influence the world.

Understanding Social Sciences


Social sciences help to explain how society works, exploring everything from the triggers
of economic growth and causes of unemployment to what makes people happy. This information
is vital and can be used for many purposes. Among other things, it helps to shape corporate
strategies and government policies.

Social science as a field of study is separate from the natural sciences, which cover topics such as
physics, biology, and chemistry. Social science examines the relationships between individuals
and societies, as well as the development and operation of societies, rather than studying the
physical world. These academic disciplines rely more heavily on interpretation
and qualitative research methodologies.

The social sciences include:

 Anthropology
 Economics
 Political science
 Sociology
 Social psychology

History is also sometimes regarded as a social science, although many historians often consider
the subject to share closer links to the humanities. Both humanities and social sciences study
human beings. What separates them is technique: humanities are viewed as more philosophical
and less scientific. Law, too, has some ties to social sciences, as does geography.

In the U.S., early education of social sciences begins in elementary school and progresses
throughout middle and high school with an emphasis on core social sciences such as economics
and political science. At the collegiate level, more specialized disciplines are offered.

History of Social Sciences


The origins of social sciences can be traced back to the ancient Greeks. The lives they led, and
their early studies into human nature, the state, and mortality, helped to shape Western
civilization.

Social science as an academic field of study developed out of the Age of Enlightenment (or the
Age of Reason), which flourished through much of the 18 th century in Europe. Adam Smith,
Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Denis Diderot, Immanuel Kant, and David Hume were among
the big intellectuals at the time who laid the foundations for the study of social sciences in the
Western World. 

Individuals began to take a more disciplined approach to quantify their observations of society,
and over time, similar aspects of society, such as linguistics and psychology, were separated into
unique fields of study. 

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Examples of Social Sciences
Nowadays, colleges and universities offer numerous social science programs. For example, The
University of California, Berkeley has 12 academic departments categorized as social sciences.
They are:

 African American Studies


 Anthropology
 Demography
 Economics
 Ethnic Studies
 Gender and Women's Studies
 Geography
 History
 Linguistics
 Political Science
 Psychology
 Sociology

1.2 DEFINITION OF APPLIED SOCIAL SCIENCES

Applied social sciences are those social science disciplines, professions and occupations which


seek to use basic social science research and theory to improve the daily life of communities,
organizations and persons.

Applied social sciences involves the study of the society we live in, and the relationships people
have within that society. This applied social science degree is built around the core disciplines
of psychology and sociology, providing the best possible launching pad for a career in these
fascinating areas.

Basically, applied social sciences are the study that uses the knowledge based theories,
principles, and methods of interdisciplinary disciplines of basic social science to understand the
society and to help address or solve a social problem or practical problem in society. Examples
are:

1. Counseling – Empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental


health, wellness, education and career goals. It involves helping people make needed
changes in ways of thinking, feeling and behaving.

2. Social work – It focuses on social change, problem solving in human relationships and
the empowerment and liberation of people to enhance social justice.

3. Communication – Focuses on how humans use verbal and nonverbal messages to create
meaning in various contexts across cultures using a variety of channels and media.

Activities:
PART 1: Based on the upper mentioned definitions of social sciences and applied social
sciences, can you distinguish one from another? What makes them different from each other?

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PART 2: What are the other applied social sciences works you have known? Tell me your reason
why they are considered civic works?

PART 3: Learning Bank: (Summary of learning) Please write down about what you have learned in
these topics/ lessons.

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