Questions tagged [social-science]

On standards or conventions specific to social science as an academic discipline, and programs that lead to a degree in this field

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How to argue against questionable research practices such as P-hacking and Harking?

I have come into conflict with co-authors when being asked to do things that I consider to be questionable. Once I was told to try every possible specification of a dependent variable (count, ...
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How should a social scientist deal with envy of disciplines that are more quantitatively rigorous?

I am a student in social science who got into quantitative research at the start of my graduate school. Since then, I have had the valuable opportunity to take many Statistics classes and become aware ...
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What constitutes a declarable conflict of interest in gender studies?

From Wikipedia: A conflict of interest (COI) is a situation in which a person or organization is involved in multiple interests, financial interest, or otherwise, one of which could possibly ...
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How to overcome preconceived ideas about social scientists?

I have the opposite problem to this question. Often when I talk to someone from a 'hard' scientific field I am 'taught' how statistics work or how programming works. It is a bit like being mansplained ...
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Is there a difference in academic writing styles between engineering and women's studies?

Coming from engineering, when you write a paper, the goal is to be objective and analytical. We use references and try to define terms for a clear understanding. The goal at least is to provide ...
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What is the impact of a radical change of opinion for early-career academics?

I'm wondering what are the potential consequences of a change of mind in the social sciences and humanities. More specifically, what would happen concretely if I publish a peer-reviewed article in ...
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Does the term “science” encompass humanities and the social sciences?

I’m not a native English speaker and want to get a better grip on the nuances of the term science. In my native tongue, the word I’d use for science also refers to humanities and the social sciences. ...
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How do people in academia know whether their research, result, theorem or thesis is original work?

I am curious as to how academia continues itself without replication or reinventing the wheel. So many academicians in so many areas of work, how would one ever find out whether the work he or she is ...
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How to intervene in a course that is failing to meet expectations?

All MA students in my graduate program (social sciences) are required to take a course titled 'Thought and Theory'. Ostensibly, the course should serve as an in-depth introduction for students to the ...
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Should I take undergraduate CS classes if all I do is applied software dev and data science?

I am a PhD student in social science who got interested in programming via data analysis in R and various utility tools in Python, SQL, Java (for web scraping, data querying, etc.). I am considering ...
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How to handle ethics review (IRB) when moving between institutions

Is it convention for a researcher who changes institutions to reapply for ethical review (IRB) on ongoing projects at a new institution, or keep working with the IRB files at the institution where the ...
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The difference between literature review and background sections of a dissertation

I was assuming these two were the same. What is the difference between them? How does one relate to another? The context here is an MA (Master of Arts) level social science dissertation in UK ...
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When referring to races, should 'black' and 'white' be capitalized? (MLA)

I was assigned to write about the relationship between poverty and crime, and in my research, race came up as a factor. I'm supposed to use the MLA format. Should 'black' and 'white' be capitalized ...
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How long should an academic CV be for someone applying to post-doc positions in Europe?

I am preparing my CV for applications to post-doc positions in the field of social sciences. I will apply to positions in the EU, mainly in German language countries. I have updated my CV with my ...
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Does translating an academic work in the humanities or social sciences improve your CV?

I've been asked to collaborate in an edited book that will collect important contributions to the field X, in the humanities/Social Sciences. The volume will be published in French, so I was asked to ...
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Academic Job Mobility in the European Context

In the United States it is not uncommon to apply to academic jobs all over the country. Personally, I do not know a single person who limited his or her search to just one state (i.e. Massachusetts). ...
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Resources for quantitative social science research workflow [closed]

I'm interested in best practices for research workflows for quantitative social science. The best book I have encountered on the subject is "The Workflow of Data Analysis Using Stata" by J. Scott Long ...
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How should one proceed when they receive no job offers after a considerable amount of applications?

I'm getting way ahead of myself, but being nervous on the job market I asked an advisor what happens should a candidate receive zero job offers. To which the reply was, "That never happens." I'm sure ...
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Is there a branch of sociology that deals with nutrition and active lifestyles?

(Please excuse my ignorance if this is an obvious question, but my Googling skills don't seem to be up to par today.) I was just wondering if there is a branch of sociology that deals with health and ...
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How to organize a work-in-progress workshop for PhD students in the field of law and related social sciences?

I would like to organize a work-in-progress workshop for PhD students at my university. How can I make sure that the participants really profit from the workshop and receive valuable feedback?
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Is it okay to work on a research project with a professor at a different university, in addition to main PhD project?

In the context of a social sciences PhD in the UK, I want to know (i) whether it is permissible to work on another research project; and (ii) whether there are any general practices, if I choose to ...
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What is the strategy to identify natural experiment as a PhD student?

As social scientists become more concerned with causal inference, a good thesis these days needs some sort of quasi-experimental strategy. For example, an economist wants to know the effect of ...
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Should a full manuscript be available for a book proposal?

I've been given some conflicting advice about preparing book proposals and manuscripts for academic presses. I'm aware that writing books is a lengthy process etc; however, I've also been told by a ...
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How can I apply a Computer Science degree towards a career in a research-related position of another field?

I'm not interested in becoming an academic. Rather, I'm interested in opportunities for a Computer Science (or related) major to work in research, either in industry, but also particularly in ...
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Is it worth submitting papers to “graduate” peer-reviewed journals?

I am a first year PhD student in the social sciences at a Canadian institution, and I'm wondering whether it's worth submitting a paper to a "graduate" peer-reviewed journal. This would be my first ...
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Hypotheses that cannot be sufficiently tested

My understanding is that a hypothesis is not scientific unless there is a way to sufficiently test it. Is it ever acceptable to present a hypothesis that cannot be sufficiently tested? I can ...
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Method and content in selecting a social science dissertation project

General question: When working in an area of social science where method matters just as much as content (i.e., theory, question), how does one choose which should be the starting point for a ...
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How to get SCI impact factor from other than Journal site

I could see the IF of journal I am looking for in their site. My problem is Thomsor Reuters report lists the journal as indexed in both SCI and SSCI, but kournal home page says its indexed in SSCI ...
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What are cautions to take with second hand data in an interview?

When analyzing second hand information in a data set (participant is recounting someone else's experience), if you cannot access that person to confirm their experience, what are some cautions to take ...
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Translation of Dr. rer. nat. outside of Germany [duplicate]

Psychology at universities in Germany is either in the natural sciences or in philosophy, depending on the university. This affects the kind of academic title you get. People doing their doctoral ...
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How can I improve my chances of receiving PhD funding (UK, Anthropology)?

I have been accepted to UCL and Oxford for a PhD in anthropology, however I have not been offered funding for either position. I am considering reapplying next year and I would like to know how I can ...
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Is there a way to do serious social justice-related work or research while working on scientific research?

I am currently working in the sciences (broadly speaking, the STEM field) in the United States as a researcher. I have been following quite closely to the social-political trend of the US for the ...
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In the social sciences, does it make sense to embark on a longer-term project but write a dissertation on one part of it?

I realize this is field- and topic-specific but I'm hoping some of this is generalizable. I'm in the social science side of information science and narrowing down dissertation topics. Some of what I'...
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Publishing in a SSCI indexed journal for Computer Science Researcher

I am working in an interdisciplinary area and most of my area specific journals are available in journal which are indexed by SSCI instead of SCI. But some people told that for computer science ...
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Book of Abstracts?

So the conference that I am going to present a paper is going to publish a book of abstracts. Is this considered the proceedings of the conference? Or can I still grab my paper and send to a peer ...
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Advice for Returning to Academia - CS/SOC

Looking for career-strategy advice here. I'm a recent Sociology PhD (Computational Network Social Science), who took a 6 year leave during my PhD to work as a Software Engineer with a handful of ...
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What guarantee the validity and relevance of “grand” social sciences' theories? [closed]

During my undergraduate years, I took a variety of courses in social sciences, and was exposed to writings by famous thinkers like Freud, Habermas, Foucault, Claude Lévi-Strauss, as well as lesser-...
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How do I find a collaborator for a social science research project if I'm not in school?

For context: I know exactly the topic and have an idea for the methods. I have done background research and seen what similar research has been done (and how). I have an associate’s degree. I live in ...
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I am writing a briefing paper, and it only consists of facts and citations

I am writing a briefing paper, and it only consists of facts and citations. Literally every sentence is a quote or a link to another source. The topic of the paper is pretty much covered and there ...
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How to conduct academic research across different fields as a undergrad?

I'm a freshman computer engineering major doing a summer research internship at a large public metropolitan university . My internship is a bit unusual. My internship is based in a Latino Studies ...
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How to interest a researcher in a topic (social science)?

I have created a thesis related to the objective utility and evaluation of art. It is based on many years of personal experience in the arts, as well as many years of study into the philosophy of ...
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How to narrow down focus in humanities/social sciences?

I’m looking to enroll in a social studies/humanities undergraduate course, but I’m unsure of which subjects to focus on in my studies. I have ambitions to progress on to postgraduate study, research ...
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Applying to PhD programs when you have two research interests

I am in the process of trying to formulate my statement of purpose/intent for a PhD in criminal justice. I’m not sure how to go about this when I have two distinctly different areas that I’m very ...
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Where to put the theoretical framework in a PhD dissertation (social sciences)

My dissertation consists of an introduction, background, literature review, methods/research design section, and a chapter for every aspect of a policy issue that I'm addressing. My theoretical ...
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Job Market Cover Letter - Mention undergrad experiences?

I am on the academic job market in America in the social sciences. I am applying to R1/R2s, with a few liberal arts colleges sprinkled in. I've heard from a few people that mentioning undergrad ...
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Applying for terminal MA in sociology, concerned about weak letters and missed funding deadlines. Is it better to put off application for a year?

I'm strongly interested in a terminal MA in Sociology (because I am currently not willing to commit to the length of a US PhD program) and know that I want to work in research for social policy. I'm ...
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How to conduct research as a non-Latino in a Latino-studies research institute?

I will be conducting research in a Latino-studies research institute next summer. I will probably be the only non-Latino researcher in the institute that summer. I’m also approaching my research from ...
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Is it possible to find a PhD position in social sciences without having letters of recommendation?

I am a European scholar. I would like to do a PhD dissertation in USA on an original and unpopular subject from a social science standpoint. I would like to empirically investigate the subject, which ...
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How to prepare for grad school? [with 1 year to spare]

I plan to enter graduate school (MA+PhD) in September 2018, which means I have something of a ‘gap year situation’ ahead of me [not in a strict sense, as I’ve been working for a number of years now]. ...
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Generic name for “manager” in social science theorizing [on hold]

Please bear with me as I try to explain what I'm looking for; my question concerns getting help to find the right words to describe it. Also, if there's a more appropriate Stack Exchange site for a ...