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Welcome to the Social Sciences Portal! This dashboard provides you with a division of Wikiversity that is similar to a "school" at a brick-and-mortar university. Here you will find links to various divisions, schools, research projects, learning resources, content development projects, and so much more.
The Social Sciences were created for the study of social groups and, more generally, human society. This has become an interesting and fascinating endeavour for programs such as Wikiversity that do not cater to just one social group but for a global audience. As a result, the education efforts that we pursue in Wikiversity's Social Sciences Portal should be both specific and universal. For instructors it is recommended that a broad range of material is presented to students such that they are able to pursue academic rigour in a variety of subject areas and not from a culturally-specific point of view. Rather, students should be given options in selecting multiple points of perspective on the various issues that affect the study of global society. Consequently, students will be encouraged to engage in learning multiple perspectives about the same problem-set, as one finds that the approach to subject-matter on one side of the planet is not always the same as it is on the other. Let us hope that both students and teachers will engage in this worthwhile endeavour to explore the various aspects of the global social landscape as we seek to increase our understanding of ourselves and of one another.

Featured Social Sciences Project

25 August 2010

Human Legacy Course

The course begins on Monday, June 20, 2011.

This course provides students with a thorough survey of the significant political, socio-economic, and cultural features of human history from the beginnings of civilization to the contemporary period. Using both primary and secondary sources and document-based investigation, students trace the emergence of the interdependence between world regions-an interaction stimulated by European invasions and colonizations and sustained by the contributions of the non-western regions.

Featured Social Sciences Research

25 August 2010

Wikis in scholarly communication


This page is meant to support some brain storming on the relative merits of paper-based and wiki-based scholarly communication, as discussed in a blog post that was later updated and expanded. Feel free to add to it, here or there, and to reuse it.

Featured Social Sciences Biography

25 August 2010

Charles V
Portrait of Charles V by Titian emphasising his similarity to an Emperor of ancient Rone
Charles V (Spanish: Carlos I, Carlos V or "Carlos I de España y V de Alemania", German: Karl V., Dutch: Karel V, French: Charles Quint, 24 February 1500 – 21 September 1558) was ruler of the Holy Roman Empire from 1519 and, as Carlos I of Spain, of the Spanish Empire from 1516 until his abdication in 1556.
As the heir of three of Europe's leading dynasties — the House of Habsburg of the Habsburg Monarchy; the House of Valois-Burgundy of the Duchy of Burgundy; and the House of Trastámara of Crown of Castile-León & Aragon — he ruled over extensive domains in Central, Western, and Southern Europe; and the Spanish colonies in North, Central, and South America, the Caribbean, Asia, and the Philippines.
Upon becoming the Holy Roman Emperor in 1520, Charles V embarked on military campaigns which led to him taking first Francis I of France (1525) and then Pope Clement VII prisoner. There was a revival of interest in Dante's political thought. Mercurino Gattinara, Louis of Praet and Alfonso de Valdés, for example, were courtiers of Charles V who promoted the idea that he was reviving the Roman Empire. The painting of Charles V by Titian also presents him in a heroic role reminiscent of of roman imperialism. Likewise Ariosto's Orlando Furioso glorifies the reign of Charles V's ancestor and namesake Charlemagne who was also the founder of the Holy Roman Empire. Ariosto includes a prophetess, who describes how God kept the lands unknown to Romans aside, waiting for a new emperor to arise as world ruler, i.e Charles V himself.
Quick Social Sciences Fact

25 August 2010

What is Cognitive science?

"The domain of cognitive science occupies the intersection of philosophy, neuroscience, linguistics, cognitive psychology, and computer science (artificial intelligence)."[1]



  1. Gerrig, R. J., Zimbardo, P. G., Campbell, A. J., Cumming, S. R., & Wilkes, F. J. (2008). Psychology and life (Australian edition). Sydney: Pearson Education Australia, p. 248.
Quick Social Sciences Quote

25 August 2010

"The pursuit of science seems to me to demand particular courage in this respect. It deals in knowledge procured through doubt. Creating knowledge for all about all, it aims to turn all of us into doubters."

from Life of Galileo by Bertold Brecht
Upcoming Events

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We are waiting for proposals that will bring the Social Sciences together. Please put suggestions on Comment page.

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School of History

August 2010: Upgrade of the page School of History

School of Psychology

29 August 2010

Motivation and emotion
The cohort for 2010 is just starting this course. With over forty members, it promises to be a very active course. All the participants have E-portfolios which constitutes 30% of their assessment.

This course has strong links to the University of Canberra and is convened by James Neill, a member of staff there.

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Social Sciences learning resources: American Government, Comparative Politics, Digital information literacy, Ethnography, History Department, Media literacy, Microeconomics, Metacommunity, Propaganda, Unschooling, What is Demography?, Peace Studies, Haley Center for Post-Conflict Management and Resolution Studies

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Social Sciences News

September 23, 2009
Activists claim police harrassment as G20 summit nears

Two days before the beginning of the G20 summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania activists are already claiming harassment from police officers.


September 22, 2009
Germany threatens to walk out of UN General Assembly if Ahmadinejad denies the Holocaust

A spokesman for the German government has announced plans to walk out of the United Nations General Assembly if Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denies the Holocaust in a speech he is due to give on Wednesday.


September 22, 2009
China promises cut in carbon dioxide emissions

Hu Jintao, the president of China, has promised to reduce carbon dioxide emissions produced by his country, one of the largest polluters in the world.



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