[Air-l] sociology is not scientific

Ellis Godard ellisgodard at starband.net
Mon Mar 11 09:50:27 PST 2002


Sociology as I do it is certainly scientific, yes. Not all of those who call
themselves sociologists, consider themselves scientists. Some consider
themselves non- and even anti-scientific - even some of are so in a
scientific manner.

No, I did not mean that MA's should be for social sciences and humanities.
IMHO, MA vs MS should convey mastery of an approach (such as humanistic vs
scientific) not a disciplinary grouping by historical accident.

Perhaps you meant your reply to address Thomas' original post?

> -----Original Message-----
> From: air-l-admin at aoir.org [mailto:air-l-admin at aoir.org]On Behalf Of
> Joao Vieira da Cunha
> Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2002 4:00 PM
> To: air-l at aoir.org
> Subject: RE: [Air-l] sociology is not scientific
>
>
> Sociology is not scientific?!
>
> Perhaps you meant that MA's are for social *sciences* and humanities
>
> Joao
>
> Phd Student
>
> MIT / Sloan
>
> At 02:52 PM 3/6/2002 -0800, you wrote:
> >IMHO, it should be an MS when the field or work is scientific, and an MA
> >when it isn't. I tried to get my department to offer an MS in
> Sociology, but
> >it would have required an act of the state legislature.
> >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: air-l-admin at aoir.org [mailto:air-l-admin at aoir.org]On Behalf Of
> > > Thomas Burg
> > > Sent: Monday, March 04, 2002 11:29 PM
> > > To: air-l at aoir.org
> > > Subject: [Air-l] something totally different
> > >
> > >
> > > Dear Members:
> > > I dare to ask something on the margins of this list.
> > > We at our university have to invent Master Programs that are
> > > internationally comparable. That means here in Austria we are
> > > moving from national to international systems and naming.
> > > Due to a lack of tradition we struggle with the meaning of MA and
> > > MSc programs. We cannot distinguish precisely what makes up the
> > > one or the other. Our field is that of New Media, Telematics,
> > > Knowledge Management - thus more on the production and management
> > > side. We found several programs out there that cover more or less
> > > similar contents and courses but are named MA or MSc without any
> > > comprehensible reason. Some colleagues are opting for MSc as the
> > > default label for our programs but I'm not so sure about that.
> > >
> > > Thanks for listening
> > >
> > > Thomas N. Burg,





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