The Social Sciences

What are the Social Sciences?

The social sciences are the science of how we live together. They matter deeply to the quality of our lives and the fairness of our society. Social science is how we track gender discrimination in the workplace, monitor public opinion and identify the winners and losers of economic and cultural change. For example, social scientists have shown that racism can impact on health, that investment in childhood leads to thriving adults, and have even shown how terror networks are formed and can be dismantled.

The major social sciences include: Anthropology, Criminology, Political Science, Sociology, Demography, Geography, Linguistics, Management, Economics, Marketing and Social Statistics.

Social Scientists also work in other disciplines more closely related to the humanities and natural and behavioural sciences, including in Accounting, History, Law, Philosophy, Education, Psychology, and Medicine.

Social Scientists work across the private, public and community sectors. Many of our business, community and political leaders have social science training.

SSW 2018 Speakers
Mark Morri
A crime author and journalist
Greg Barton
Shanthi Robertson
Academic: Senior Research Fellow, Institute For Culture And Society
Academic: DECRA Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, Writer, Lawyer
Farida Fozdar
Academic: Sociologists - Deputy Head (Research), UWA School of Social Sciences
Deborah Lupton
Academic: Centenary Research Professor, Communication
Anthony Elliott
Academic: Dean of External Engagement
Joel McGregor
Associate Lecturer, PhD Candidate
Ben Lohmeyer
Critical youth sociologist and youth worker
Duncan McNab
Journalist & Author
Xanthé Mallett
Academic: Criminologist and forensic scientist
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