Social Sciences 4 is a course in the Shimer College curriculum that focuses on social science methodology.


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    This final course in the Social Sciences sequence examines the conceptual framework and methodology of the various disciplines of the social sciences. We turn from the examination of the structural and empirical makeup of social and political reality to the modes of inquiry that have been employed in the works read in the previous social sciences courses. All the questions from the earlier courses in the Social Sciences sequence are reexamined in light of what kinds of questions they are, and which answers to such questions can claim scientific validity.

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