What is social science?
Social science is a study which the main focus is people. For example in energy study, the focus is Ministry of Energy from government, Pertamina as company, NGO that promote environmentally policy. People is important aspect in social study, especially in policy making. A very good policy from government might not be effective if the people is not support it, not effective if is not align with global voice.
Social science is very subjective study. Political study for example is very subjective. Suharto portrait is very effective leader in 1980, if written in 1990, but not effective if written in 2000. There are a lot of way to make social science more effective such as:
- Modelling/Econometrics, shifting from analyzing the people, into analyzing the number. E.g energy scenario planning, FDI analysis.
- Correlation, shifting from analysing to find relation/correlation. E.g energy and job employment.