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Social Science - Audio

What are the Social Sciences? One definition is that they are specialised systematic forms of knowledge, which leads the question: What is knowledge? Through discussions with powerful and responsible social scientists, the tracks on this album focus on the history of social science, how they are shaping the world as we know it, and the differences between scientific and religious knowledge. The material forms part of the course DD100, An introduction to the social sciences: understanding social change.

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Origins of knowledge

The action inherent in knowledge production, for example in religious knowledge. The privilege system of different kinds of knowledge.

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11 Mar 2009

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Religious knowledge

Exploring the God hypothesis to see if it is the best way to explain the circumstances of life, using various objective and even subjective forms of evidence.

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11 Mar 2009

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Social Sciences - what are they?

Two social scientists explain what attracts them to the subject, and explore the differences between 'knowing' and 'doing' social science.

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Development of the social sciences

How the social sciences developed in response to challenges to traditional systems of belief.

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Influence of Social Science

The impact the study of social science has had since the 19th century.

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