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warayen_aton
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How would you differentiate social studies from social sciences?

[In the following article, y]ou said that social studies is the study of people. If so, how would you differentiate social studies from social sciences? Thank you. God Bless!

Question asked after reading: http://www.education.com/reference/article/defi...
In Topics: Helping my child with social studies / history
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Allyn Anderson
Jul 20, 2010
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Often the term is used as the same thing in a school setting. The words "social studies" is often used at the elementary or middle school level to indicated a specific class your child may take. It can even be used in high school as a comprehensive name for several classes, such as Sociology, Psychology, Economics, World History, U.S. History, or Government. However, I see the words "social sciences" at the high school or college levels more frequently. Again, they are like an "umbrella" name for several related subjects. Hope this helps.

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dgraab
dgraab , Parent writes:
Hi, According to the article you visited before posting your question...

"Social studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence."

The first paragraph elaborates on several different social sciences that are typically included in social studies programs in school, including: anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology.

Social studies combines these individual social sciences with humanities, mathematics and natural sciences.

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HeatherPeterson124
HeatherPete... writes:
Students nowadays are becoming interested in social sciences degrees. With the help of technology as well, they are now able to take their online psychology degrees.

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leannnoel
leannnoel writes:
it is not different social studies is for little children and social science is for big children
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rudolffairbanks
rudolffairb... writes:
Social science and Social studies are two terms that are used to indicate two different subjects. Social study is the combined studies of social science and humanities. The objective of the study of social studies is to promote a healthy citizenry. On the other hand, social science is a subject that deals with the study of social life of people or groups of individuals. This is the main difference between social science and social studies.
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TeacherandParent
TeacherandP... writes:
The social sciences refers to subjects like anthropology and sociology - some include psychology in the social sciences and some even include history in the social sciences. In 1910, the United States developed its curriculum for American high schools. It recognized the new subjects of anthropology and sociology but didn't want to include each one in the new curriculum so it coined the term 'social studies'. In the beginning, Social Studies was supposed to be a combination of those subjects but over time Social Studies in our schools has come to be more about history than anything else.
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