I am a management student. I have 1.5 credits left for electives, any recommendations for easy social science/science courses without heavy reciting?
Hi, I just learned from the 1600.io course is that he focuses around how characters interact in the literature passages. What is it you do when reading the other three aforementioned passage types?
While the adoption of social media has been growing steadily globally for over a decade, the scientific study of social media is still in its youth. There's been a lot of press about the role that social media has played on such grandiose occasions as the the Arab Spring and the Ukraine's EuroMaiden revolution, but often times its impact is much more subtle, even if just as powerful. Social media has the power to polarize us politically, engage us and disaffect us, to inform us and disinform us. America's former President Donald Trump credits social media with his political success, and the 2020 U.S. Presidential election saw the rise and fall of one of history's most notorious bunk political conspiracies, organized almost entirely through social media.
We're a panel of researchers who look at the various ways that people organize themselves on social networks and the ways these networks shape our beliefs and behaviors. We study the evidence-based science of social media with a focus on understanding and quantifying the impacts of our exposure (or lack of exposure!) to ideas on social media, and we're here to answer your questions about it! We will begin answering questions circa 2pm Eastern.
Amy Bruckman (u/asbruckman): I am a Professor and Senior Associate Chair in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. I study social computing, with interests in content moderation, collaboration, and social movements. I got my PhD from the MIT Media Lab in 1997, and am an ACM Fellow and a member of the ACM SIGCHI Academy.
Damon Centola (u/DamonCentola): I'm Damon Centola, a professor of Sociology, Engineering, and Communication and Director of the Network Dynamics Group at UPenn. I study how social change spreads using computational models based on work done in Physics. I was raised in a community of artists, activists and entrepreneurs who were all working to spread awareness about social issues like water conservation, gender equity, atomic... keep reading on reddit ➡
He is a labor union organizer with a master's in experimental psychology and finishing up a Ph.D. in social psychology. Not that I'm anti-union, but it explains a lot about his views.
He says that I/O improves the bottom line without increasing worker pay and functions through coercion and at best, manufactured consent. It's one of the worst psychology disciplines regarding replicability.
I'm not going to argue, but I'd like to see what this community has to say. or what their retorts would be.
Update: I just looked at the other post and the person in discussion deleted either the account or all the comments. They seemed to have a chip on their shoulder.
I am doing research in the field of human geography and in search of a good statistic book with practical use with softwares. Please suggest.
Why do people put down social sciences? I am posting this question under the sociology subreddit because I am a sociology major in university, so my main argument for why social science is important centers around sociology, but this applies to all social sciences.
I've been getting into many arguments with natural science majors and even natural scientists recently because they continuously put down social sciences. I was getting slightly upset because one person I spoke to said that social science doesn't even exist and that natural science is the only real science because natural science (biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, geology, etc.) can explain all of social science's concepts but better.
I asked them how natural science can explain socialization, abuse, society, the mind (which is different from the physical brain), consciousness, or the economy. They gave natural explanations for some of these concepts. While I feel the biological answers are valid, they didn't cover the entire concept—for example, sexual abuse and how it is committed more by men against women. Biology's explanation is that men have higher sex drives, are biologically programmed to mate, etc. However, this objectifies the two parties involved (the man and the woman). This explanation takes the blame away from the man despite him making the conscious decision to commit this act, and it takes away from the trauma that women often develop from these situations. To deny social science's explanation of this social phenomenon is just wrong, in my opinion. Humans aren't objects. They think, and they have a mind. Men's sole purpose isn't to mate, and women's sole purpose isn't to bear children. Biology's explanation is fundamental and valid, but it is only half of the story. There are equally valid social explanations such as the idea that men are socialized to be aggressive, our society has normalized misogyny and sexism, the media's objectification of women, etc.
I get a little upset when people completely deny social science. It's taking away from a huge part of how the world seems to work. I notice that the people denying social science tend to be conservatives. My theory for this is that social science is relatively new. Society was never studied scientifically until relatively recently because, in the past, society (according to western standards) used to be seen as some "divinely ordained order" set by God because of Christianity and a lack of study on how society works. B... keep reading on reddit ➡
The email was sent this morning and is titled: Pass/Not Pass - WINTER 2021 (School of Social Sciences)
The email says:
Given the continued current virtual environment and the challenges associated with it, the School of Social Sciences Undergraduate Student Affairs Office has decided to revise the process for change of grade.
Pass/Not Pass - WINTER 2021: PLEASE NOTE: For WINTER QUARTER 2021 ONLY, there will be no limit on how many P/NP (Pass/Not Pass) units in which you may enroll (in a traditional quarter, students may only enroll in an average of four units of P/NP per quarter).
UPDATED INFORMATION: Additionally, requests to change to or from Pass/Not Pass will be considered thru 5:00pm Friday of Week 10 (the deadline was previously Week 6). MAJOR-required courses and courses to be used for the School's Math requirement must be taken for a letter grade. Any course you have previously taken for a letter grade and are repeating this quarter must also be taken for a letter grade.
It is important when making the decision to take a course P/NP or for a letter grade that you keep in mind the following: To receive a "P" (Pass) and get credit/units, you must earn a grade equivalent to a "C" or better. However, if a course is taken for a letter grade, the minimum grade needed for credit would be at least a "D-" in most courses.This is especially important to note for graduating students who are trying to fulfill their unit requirements to graduate.You will need to weigh the risk of taking a course P/NP and not receiving any credit if you earn the equivalent to a C- grade or lower. If you are planning to change your major or add a double major, you will be responsible for adhering to the corresponding School’s P/NP policy. Lower-division writing courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better (or a "P" if taking the coursefor P/NP). If you are taking an upper-division writing course in your major, you must take the course for a letter grade. If you are retaking a course that was originally for a LETTER GRADE, you must retake the course for a LETTER GRADE ONLY - there are no exceptions. We recommend that you see how you are doing in the courses throughout the quarter. You have until 5 PM on Friday of Week 10 to submit a request to change the grade option of a non-major course. (Grade option changes will not be considered after that time – there are no exceptions.)
You will need to submit an enrollment exception request throughStud... keep reading on reddit ➡
I'm not an academic but my fiance is. He's about to finish a PhD and is doing linguistics. I am trying to help him with some ideas about related things he can do after finishing this year, but since I'm not super academic (I'm librarian/english lit trained and have gotten a couple qualifications, I also enjoy some intellectual and education stuff too obviously as a librarian/museum type so some common ground, but I also don't always "get" the career academic life) I don't always know how helpful I'm being even though I want to be. How did you go after graduating and what did you end up doing? Are there some unique job positions or opportunities for PhD grads that you discovered which aren't so common or obvious?
I am currently without university affiliation or academic advisor, so I am hoping I can get some thoughts on best practices from anyone here who might have some insight on research.
I am working on research in the social science field. At its core what I am trying to do is to use a research method to gain further insight into a concept. I have found an article which does exactly what I am thinking about moving forward with-- applying the same theory but to a different topic. I could very nearly replace the concept in that paper with the one I am looking at and the paper would still make sense.
Of course, I expect to come up with very different results than this author. I would also cite this paper as being key to developing my own. However, I am wondering if having such a similar design wouldn't pass academic muster, or be considered unoriginal and not of interest to serious publications at best, or breach any considerations of ethics at worst.
I have appreciate reading so many of the questions and answers of everyone in this community, so thank you all for that, and thank you for reading my question!
Hey there, folks. I make this post for everyone to be aware of who is who in reddit, to understand who are the true free speech and skeptical communities, and which are the gatekeepers trying to manipulate others into their hidden agendas. I know many people here is aware of that, but some others may not, so I want to help.
Yesterday I posted in this subreddit a video of a Canadian Government Health Officer acknowledging in public that government covid19 restrictions are not based on science of any kind. I post the video below, for you to see it if you haven't already.
This morning I decided to give it a try to r/LockdownSkepticism. Although all reddit knows by now how they are over there: these people criticizing the covid19 situation are the equivalent of Joe Biden criticizing globalism and corruption in Ukraine. But still, because it was just a plain video of a government official giving relevant information about lockdowns and stuff, I didn't think there was going to be an issue. I actually thought that it could be valuable information for their dying subreddit. I couldn't have been more wrong...
I posted it first with a catchy title, you know, exactly like the mainstream media likes to report lies and fake information about the fake virus, using words like "Shocking, Breaking, Outrage, etc." This was the reason that my post was censored the first time, the moderator didn't like the title... because he likes things in "sober" ways. Seems he is not aware that his handlers are taking all his rights away, so he likes to focus on these little things that not even my 90-year-old grandmother would pay attention to. Here is a caption of his answer:
I naively said to myself: "ok, maybe they are super sensitive to letters written in the internet, who am I to judge them, right?"... So I proceeded to create a new post, but this time without any caps or sensationalist headlines, simply putting the own words of the Canadian Health Officer. Also remember that the post has no content, only the video.
I thought it was going to be okay, but NOPE! I was wrong again. **Now the problem w... keep reading on reddit ➡
TLDR: AAMC applicant data does not show Social Science or Humanities majors having a GPA (or MCAT) advantage over Biology, Mathematics, or physical sciences majors. There are far too many factors at play to simply say self-selection accounts for existing differences. This common belief may dissuade future pre-meds from pursuing these fields and puts down the academics and accomplishments of others. We need to stop calling these areas a “joke”. We should value having a physician workforce with a diverse educational background.
I have been downvoted pretty much every time I’ve made this argument on this sub, so I know it’s truly unpopular, but I won’t stop making the argument. Please read before immediately downvoting.
The idea that there are “easy” majors that people take simply to boost their GPA is so common I would bet most of you reading already believe that, but the data does not back this up. Let’s discuss the data and then discuss why.
Differences in GPA ranked by overall (Science/NonS/overall):
- Math/Stats (3.58/3.72/3.63)
- Physical sciences (Chemistry/physics/Biochem) (3.56/3.70/3.62)
- Biological Sciences (3.50/3.76/3.60)
- Humanities (3.47/3.72/3.60)
- Social Sciences (Psych and Soc) (3.39/3.66/3.54)
(SOURCE: AAMC published applicant data. About 60% of applicants fall into the Biology category. Roughly equal, 8.8% ish, fall into social sciences and Physical sciences each. Math and stats was a tiny .6% of applicants)
The idea that Psych/Soc/Humanities are easier and that this in turn gives applicants higher GPAs is not supported by applicant GPA data. In fact, Social Sciences and Humanities have lower GPAs in science and non-science classes than “harder” majors. The common notion that taking “easy” majors decreases workload and makes it easier to get As in science classes is not true.
Why do “easy” majors have lower GPAs than hard majors? One contributing factor is that Hard science majors build properly on pre-med prerequisites. “Easy” majors don't. Hard science majors go from physics and chemistry to physical chemistry for example, which, while it is a hard class, builds upon what you have already learned. Easy majors move on to adolescent psychopathology or advanced ancient Chinese civilizations which have fuck all to do with what you already learned. ***This is a true downside to the “easy” majors... keep reading on reddit ➡
If u don’t mind pls drop ur average and which University you applied to down below if u applied to social science!
I'm a recent 2019 graduate of a social science (SS) PhD program. Currently, I'm on my second EC-04 term in a department that is, let's say, thematically relevant to my expertise. While I'm glad to have a job during the pandemic (and one that definitely pays better than regular old postdocs), I'm doing something that I don't need a PhD for, and I feel like a glorified paper pusher/brief writer.
Having the privilege of being highly educated, I want to not only do meaningful things to make the world better but also use the years and years of skills and knowledge I have acquired being in school for so damn long. It seems like the public service really doesn't know how to use/take advantage of the skills and knowledge SS PhDs bring to the table. Only those who have natural science PhDs are treated like "scientists", and I haven't come across any SS RES positions. The closest thing I see are economist positions - but I'm not an economist.
Anyway - I don't know if it's the pandemic, but I'm feeling incredibly discouraged and trapped....figured I would reach out to see if others have found a fulfilling role with the public service that uses their skills/knowledge. My old manager kept telling me that there are many pockets within the public service that have interesting positions for SS PhDs.... I haven't seen any/heard of any yet (but maybe it's because of these COVID times??).
Is there any hope? What's your story?
This is sadly kind of a rant but I need to find help.
I hope you can see I constantly work on myself through the title. I got sober, started self-learning, went back to school, exercise, learned to cook more, etc etc.
Problem: I spend hours every day on Twitch, and the people I like to watch aren't exhibiting qualities I want to surround myself with, just like in real life.
Solution: I want to find a positive source of entertainment.
What do you guys do for entertainment like this?
Spotify/YouTube are great, but I have to choose videos and sometimes I get bored/run out of content. I can't just turn on a streamer and let them play music and videos and games like I do.
Sports are great but sometimes aren't on/I get bored, too.
Honestly, I judge watching Netflix as a waste of time so I don't use it. Idk; I just turn my head during movies, thinking it would be crazy to sit through unrealistic interactions (star wars drones missing shots, romantically involved characters not finding the words to say).
Same thing for a podcast; I think it's crazy to sit through people talking. Maybe I can find a good podcast.
I study for 5+ hours a day of engineering/stem stuff so reading books would be like going for a jog for a break from lifting weights.
Going to the gym/taking a walk/yoga aren't really the type of thing I'm looking, obviously. Similarly, I tried drawing the other day and it's not the type of thing I'm looking for.
So what do you guys do? What do you recommend? What psychological assessment can you offer?
Extra details about why I don't want to watch these Twitch streamers: Like I think they're funny but they rage, they act dumb, they spend hours playing games and they're not like athletes or anything I look up to so like I don't want what they expose me to to rub off on me.
tl;dr I'm trying to find habits replacing watching Twitch.
U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled, “Does Section 230’s Sweeping Immunity Enable Big Tech Bad Behavior?,“at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 28. The hearing will examine whether Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has outlived its usefulness in today’s digital age. It will also examine legislative proposals to modernize the decades-old law, increase transparency and accountability among big technology companies for their content moderation practices, and explore the impact of large ad-tech platforms on local journalism and consumer privacy. The hearing will provide an opportunity to discuss the unintended consequences of Section 230’s liability shield and how best to preserve the internet as a forum for open discourse.
hi guys i’ve been trying to sign up for e-open house (for NUS/NTU) talks/seminars but i can’t seem to find a sign up button????? pls help me out hahahah i hope i’m not just blind thank u!
also if there are any seniors who are in the faculty of social science for nus/ntu/smu, could you advise me how do you find the courses so far? i’m quite interested in psych/sociology and maybe even policy making for quite a while but these majors have always seemed to fall into the category of “uni majors you’ve been warned from taking” bc there is no demand in the job market??? so do comment/pm me if you are a current social science student. thanks in adv
So, I guess this is quite common around reddit. I see some people discredit social research as if it is useless due to things like overal lower correlation and a lesser ability to quantify specific phenomena. I can kind of understand that, my work is in chemistry which really relies on these things but I don't know if it is fair to compare exact sciences to social sciences to begin with.
I just got both acceptances from UVIC and UFV for Geography/ Environmental Sciences for Fall 2021. I am now in decision mode.. any insight into to UVICs social sciences program? As well, I will eventually be looking into getting my education degree.. both offer the PDP program as well.. help!!!