Social science can open up debate and give us a say in shaping our collective future.
Social science is not just important for the future but for what’s happening now.
Social science offers multiple perspectives on society and informs social policy.
For discussions about feminism, peace, ecology, social movements, and much more, social science offers each of us new prospects and new ways of understanding. Whether your idea of relaxation is visiting a museum, watching soaps, or chatting online, social science encourages a fresh look at our everyday activities and culture.
We can usually agree that the world needs to be a safer place where all people can enjoy basic dignity and human rights. This is the case even when we can’t always agree on what we should do to make this happen. Social scientists working in interdisciplinary teams have made their mark in the area of human health and development.
All communities and all governments want to show they are doing the best for children. Yet too often education reform seems to take place without concern for the best interests of the learners. Education research shows that many parents are more concerned that their children enjoy school than that they are academic stars.
One popular myth is that if you take measures to reduce crime in one neighbourhood the criminals simply move on, leading to increased crime in another area. Sociologists at Nottingham Trent University worked closely with police to reduce crime through a method involving scanning for crime patterns.