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Societal development & social sciences

Societal development & social sciences

In today’s world of Globalization and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) sciences successfully captured the attention of the world, and consequently Academic Institutions across the globe ignore the importance of social sciences which is the root cause of social imbalance in society so, addressing this educational imbalance is vital for every nations. Usually, the phrase “social sciences” may conjure up with images of social workers or teachers, which is totally a misconception, as social sciences focus on the study of society and the relationship among individuals within society covering a wide spectrum of subjects, including economics, political science, international relations, sociology, history, archaeology, criminology, sociology, anthropology, gender studies and law etc,

But the comparative analysis of STEM sciences with social sciences highlighted the fact that the study of social sciences enables us to provide insight into how science and innovation work. Hence, there is no doubt that Social Science is the science of science. However, unfortunately this domain is struggling in Pakistan. There are comparatively less number of impact factor & W- category journals in social sciences domain which negatively influences the promotions of Social sciences faculty member. Also job avenues in social sciences domain are comparatively fewer and less lucrative which discourage people to opt for social sciences field. Lesser job avenues are due to inadequate academia-industry compatibility which is also a pertinent issue to be resolved. In this backdrop, there exist a strong need to promote this domain through policy debates that not only build coalitions but engage in measured advocacy for promoting the study of social sciences at tertiary level education which discourage the choice between STEM and the social sciences as both are the need of any society.

This emerging world now require collaborative cross-disciplinary work in diverse fields as no subject area can stand alone, walled-off from the outside, and that social science can play an important role in all fields because play a key role in National Development of any nation and society, as it create better institutions and systems that affect people’s daily life by creating frameworks for understanding the origins and effects of regime type, the purpose of political parties, the reasons for polarization, the structure of social networks through communication, importance of religion, the goals and structures of government agencies or the challenges and opportunities faced by service providers with an attempt to make sense of structures that have real and profound on-the-ground impacts that make not only a better society but better social beings through generation of social wellbeing of society.

The only path way to resolve these issues only possible by:

  1. Research in the Pragmatic and Social Processes of Policy Making
  2. Research on the Societal Monitoring of Inequality
  3. Bring Data on Inequality of Opportunity, Not Just Outcomes, into the Policy Process
  4. Contribute Research to Legal Cases and Actions That Aim to Reduce Distributional and Relational Inequality
  5. Delineate and Counter the Mechanisms that Enhance the Power of Elite Institutions
  6. Create or Strengthen a Social Movement or Civil Society Organization That Brings Evidence into Advocacy and Policy Making
  7. Shift Training of Future Researchers

In an era of unprecedented inequality in youth outcomes and opportunities, social science can play a key role in targeting the mechanisms through which inequality is reproduced. In this article we have discussed six pathways for achieving societal reductions in inequality using social science research. These pathways entail a transformative agenda that shifts focus toward actual reductions rather than mere description of youth inequality and bring suggestions that how such reductions may be possible at a national scale. Countering mechanisms that facilitate and reinforce unequal distributions of youth outcomes and opportunities is necessary but insufficient to disrupt the roots of inequality. Usually these issues are neither discussed nor considered to be important but become the cause of disturbed society so there is a need to develop understanding the that history, anthropology, prehistoric archaeology are giving us a new conception of the place of contemporary life in the larger scheme of human culture. It is no longer sufficient to see the world in relation to ourselves, we must also see ourselves in relation to the larger world of which we are a part because social scientist is the person who:

So, strong efforts required to regain the worth of this important domain which not only supports in nation building but ensure development of any nation because,

“Society lives by faith and imagination of Social Scientist but develops by Science”

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