I nned to write bout how does psychology link to english and sociology an im kind of stuck..help would be appreiciated thankyou
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How can i link psychology to eglish and sociology? watch
- Thread Starter
- 10-10-2009 15:36
- 10-10-2009 15:40
well sociology and psychology are both considered soft or social sciences...
- 10-10-2009 20:08
Psychology and sociologuy both study people.
Psychology is the study of individual people - their behaviour and mental processes ( thinking and reasoning, problem solving, perception etc) Sociology is the study of people in groups and the study of society and cultures.
Psychology does study people in groups but does this with emphasis on the individual as an actor within a croup - or individual behaviour within groups, whilst sociologists are more interested in how the group works and the individuals position is subsumed within it.
Both are interested in culture and in social effects but place their ephasis differently.
Both sociology and psychology will try to apply scientific method to their analysis of people and conduct studies . Psychology is a much harder science ( dont be fooled - behaviourist and biological schools dominate over the humanists here) and gathers quantitive data and builds its theory of knowledge from an evidence nbase.
Sociolgy on the other hand is more qualitative ( as it has to be, experimentation is more difficult in society as opposed to individuals).
English. I am not an arts type person, so my best guess as to where this fits - much litereture is social comment or draws on the social structure of groups within society/
English lit also draws heavily on psycjolkgy in the development of characters - this kind of development has I believe been a characteristic since Freud first made his suggestions about hidden conflicts driving individuals behaviour ( before that much lit was a result of a moral tale telling with characters being good or evil - and if you take a look at the EM Forster essay " The Long Weekend Beteen the Wars" he actually outlines how psychology was one effect on litereture during that period.)
Hope that is some help in starting.