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Old 22.03.2011, 18:51
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Social Science Degree

Hey guys!

Does anyone know if a Social Science Degree is a good degree as I am considering it? I am looking at this course in Switzerland. I already have a degree but really want to do something different.
Has anyone on the forum studied this course and can tell me about the course and career prospects etc

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Old 22.03.2011, 19:14
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Re: Social Science Degree

hi ree, I don't know what social science means, could you please post details of the syllabus? thanks
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Old 22.03.2011, 19:20
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I've a degree in Maths and Computing and currently I'm studying for a humanities degree. Not for any career change, but just to try something, as you say, different. So I applaud you in that.
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Old 22.03.2011, 19:37
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Re: Social Science Degree

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Social Science is the umbrella term used to group the academic disciplines that study human aspects of the world. Social sciences differ from arts and humanities in that they tend to emphasize the use of the scientific method in the study of humanity, including quantitative and qualitative methods.The various disciplines begin with, but are not limited to the studies of criminal justice, history, Security Degree">homeland security, law, legal studies, paralegal studies, political science, public administration, public safety and sociology.Not all institutions recognize the fields listed above as social science.Furthermore, some institutions have additional and more specified degree offerings that fall within their social science program.Social scientists study all aspects of society including human behavior, relationships among different groups of people and past events and achievements.They set out to understand and explain why humans make certain decisions, how and why we exercise power and our responses to change.Based on their studies, they suggest solutions to social, business, personal, governmental and environmental issues.
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Old 22.03.2011, 22:43
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If you attempt to study human behaviour by looking at empirical evidence alone, you'll be missing the part that makes humans human and none of it will make sense. Plenty of nice stats, though.

Go for a Humanity.
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If you're interested in the topic and have a program that seems to suit you, then go for it. People with backgrounds in social sciences do seem to get jobs here, but like anything, it depends.

And compared to the US, there is proportionally more social science research funded in Switzerland.

And I have to disagree with uncle max above. Some of the research examining how people make decisions gives you an useful handle on humanity. But that's combining theory, experiments and thought. The best social scientists appreciate both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Humanities are good too, if you like them.

I'm sure I'm biased because both my husband and I could be classified as "social scientists".
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To the OP: As you seem to know how broad a "field" social science is (includes economics also IMHO) I find it difficult to understand your question. Which degree are you looking at?
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Yes I know the fields that I can study within social science, as there are options when you start the course, I just was wondering if there was anyone here with first hand experience with the course. I've already been to university and I know how different a course can be compared to what it says on the handbook. I also am interested in the jobs people went into after studying
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Old 23.03.2011, 09:29
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Yes I know the fields that I can study within social science, as there are options when you start the course, I just was wondering if there was anyone here with first hand experience with the course. I've already been to university and I know how different a course can be compared to what it says on the handbook. I also am interested in the jobs people went into after studying
Which course? Which university? In order to get some good answers you need to be more specific.

I have studied political science in the Suisse Romande and work for the "gubment" ma , certainly a very different thing from studying anthropology in Basel or economics in St. Gallen.
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http://www.unil.ch/enseignement/page28041_en.html

Bachelor of arts in Social Science in Lausanne.
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Bachelor of arts in Social Science in Lausanne.

What I did, kinda. Will give you an answer tonight.
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