Policy, Strategy, Tactics: Intellectual Integration in the Human Sciences, an Approach for a New Era

20 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2012

Date Written: November 19, 2012

Abstract

The human sciences encompass a wide variety of disciplines: literary studies, musicology, art history, anthropology (cultural and physical), psychology (perceptual, cognitive, evolutionary, Freudian, etc.), sociology, political science, economics, history, cultural geography, and so forth. In this paper I process to organize courses and curricula aso as to include: 1) material from three different methodological styles (interpretive, behavioral or social scientific, and structural/constructive: linguistics, cognitive science), 2) historical and structural/functional approaches, and 3) materials from diverse cultures. The overall scheme is exemplified by two versions of a course on Signs and Symbols, one organized around a Shakespeare play and the other organized around traditional disciplines.

Keywords: humanities, social science, behavioral sciences, linguistics, semiotics, curriculum, courses

Suggested Citation

Benzon, William L., Policy, Strategy, Tactics: Intellectual Integration in the Human Sciences, an Approach for a New Era (November 19, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2177965 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2177965

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