PHY 407 Methodology of the Social Sciences


The course discusses topics in the Methodology and the Philosophy of the Social Sciences.


Course Content:


        The nature of Social Science

        The methods applied in Social Science

        Subjectivity and objectivity in Social theory

        Explanation in Social Science

        Prediction in Social Science

        Value Neutralite

        Rationalism-Critical Theory of Habermas

        Positivist, Functionalist, Dialectical, Phenomenological Methods and Deconstruction

Recommended Readings: -

1.      Giddesn, A.1979. Central Problems in Social Theory. London, Macmillan.

2.      Hollis, M.1994. The Philosophy of Social Science:An Introduction. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

3.      Winch, P.1958. The Idea of a Social Science and its Relation to Philosophy. London, Routledge and Kegan Paul.

4.      Held, D.1995. Introduction to Critical Theory. Cambridge, Blackwell.

5.      Hebermas, J.1984. Reason and Rationalization of Society. London, Beacon Press.

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