Absolutely. Social science is definitely a thing. As a lot of us would agree, the goal of science is to help us understand past occurrences, facts, and future events. Science explains why there is a reaction when hydrogen peroxide is placed in water. Science helps us understand why it is freezing cold in December. Science also justifies why there will be a lunar eclipse in about two years from now. However, we may or may not agree with science. Scientific evidence shows that the earth is spherical in shape. Regardless of substantial proof, there are people that would disagree with this scientific fact.
Similarly, social science helps us understand what happens and what could happen in the society. Social science offers clarification for the occurrences in our community.
The way I see it, to know something means you have been through an experience that presented you with information about that thing. I know how to drive a car because I went through the experience of learning how to operate a vehicle and I read the drivers’ safety manual. I know how to write a magazine article because of several years of training and practical experience. Footballers know how to play football because they have been involved with the sport since they were young. I know that I should wear layers of clothing in cold weather to avoid getting sick. Experience is a very important factor in knowing something.
The philosophy readings really opened my eyes to the complexity of understanding the minds of others. Functionalism helps emphasized why we are distinctive and think differently from species to species. I found it very interesting that environmental variables play a part in our thought process and actions. My classmate and I were comparing the behavior of domesticated dogs and wolves that live in the wild. Their eating strategies differ in various ways. Domestic dogs have a schedule for feeding and trust that they will be fed consistently. Wolves, on the other hand, have to hunt for their own food. They are not sure where their next meal is coming from or when it is going to arrive. Hence, they have a more aggressive behavior towards feeding. We also talk about how stray dogs exhibit a similar conduct to wolves. Even after being domesticated, stray dogs will eat as much as they can because they are used to going hungry for days.
It is no news that we humans have different cognitive abilities. I learned math a lot easier than most of my classmates in primary and secondary school. Certain classmates bested me when we were at the chemistry lab. With that in mind, an instructional design should keep in mind those students who are not as gifted as others in certain subjects. Students have different backgrounds and that plays a part in their cognitive ability. It could be educational, environmental or more. Essentially, instructional designs should accommodate such situations.
Rosenberg, A. (2015). Philosophy of Social Science. (T. Curtain, Ed.) (5th ed.). New York: Westview Press.