A 21st Century Interdisciplinary Social Science

By Brock Kilbourne, Samantha Kilbourne and Jerry Goodman.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies

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Global trends initiated in the 20th Century are continuing unabated into the 21st Century and are transforming human society: the information explosion fueled by science and technology; the unrelenting population explosion; limited and un-replenished natural resources; global warming and pollution; unstable financial markets and the evolving global economy; rising cultural expectations; and democratic revolutions. Identities, life styles, work patterns, consumer trends, organization, institutions, and nation-states can all be expected to change and adapt to the realities of the 21st Century. The social sciences will be no exception as indicated by the following: 1) global and market pressures will push the social sciences to be more pragmatic and applied; 2) pragmatism will necessitate shifting from a classical model of science to a probabilistic model of science; 3) the complexity of problems facing the social sciences will require collaborative problem-solving by interdisciplinary teams of social, biological, and physical scientists; and 4) a new ethics for the social sciences will be necessary to ensure that powerful interdisciplinary models are not abused or misapplied. The realities of the 21st Century will compel a new paradigm for the social sciences and mirror the evolving “Information Age Zeitgeist” of the 21st Century.

Keywords: Social Sciences, Paradigm Shift, Twenty First Century

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies, Volume 8, Issue 2, November 2014, pp.9-19. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 575.443KB).

Dr. Brock Kilbourne

Licensed Psychologist, Director, El Camino Psychology Services, PC, Temecula, CA, USA

Dr. Samantha Kilbourne

Graduate Student, California School of Forensic Studies, Alliant International University, Temecula, CA, USA

Dr. Jerry Goodman

Collaborator, Carlsbad, California, USA