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What is the difference between Social Science and Physical Science?

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What is the difference between Social Science and Physical Science?
posted May 10, 2016 by Ritika Sharma

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Social Science deals with the cultural and behavioral aspects of human beings and their relationship with others especially with society where as Physical Science deals with the nonliving aspects like properties of matter sociology, anthropology, economics, linguistics, psychology etc.
Social Science uses critical approach or analytical approach to study human behavior but Physical Science mainly deals with the inorganic world, general properties of matter; its behavior under the influence of certain forces etc.
Social Science is interpretive and often involves periods of time needed for changes to be noted whereas Physical Science is Empirical that is it involves Touch, Weight, Colour, Sound, Vibration, Movement Catalyst, Change and such.


Social science includes the following topics

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Business administration
  • Communication
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Government
  • Linguistics
  • International relations
  • Political science
  • Sociology

Physical science covers the following topics

  • Astronomy
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Meteorology
  • Global Warming
answer May 10, 2016 by Nway Nadar
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