The Social Sciences consist of a variety of disciplines which include Philosophy, History, Anthropology, Sociology, Economics and Social Policy (NUI Handbook 2011). These Sciences are normally named as there is a system to studying these subjects and applying empirical data to scientific research in analysing certain aspects of society whether it is higher education, homelessness, unemployment or suburban living.
Research may be in the form of data collected from groups or may be collected by observing society living day to day as Arensberg and Kimball did in Co Clare in 1920 ((Brody 1971:47)
Unemployment in Ireland has reached unprecedented levels in a short number of years. It now stands at 14% and this month has slightly receded. Government has said this is a good sign that we are now on the road to recovery, but if the Social Science Discipline is to examine this in detail. It may give a seriously different picture on the factors that lead to unemployment and the real reasons for the decline in unemployment in December 2011.
I will discuss Sociology and Economics to identify how these two disciplines would research and explain unemployment, a serious social issue in Ireland.
Sociology is the scientific study of people and society. It is a discipline which will critically evaluate what is happening in society and how events in society may have added or associated itself with these lifestyles or events. An example is suburban living in Ireland today where sociologist have studied suburbia in detail and have actually predicted the slums or ghost estates that exist today (Greene 2004). This is a study of the Culture of Society in looking at the type of people who move to suburbia, the lifestyles they enhance, the classes (working) and demographics and social inclusion of these societies. A lecturer... [continues]
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