This book has been primarily designed to meet the needs of Undergraduate students for the Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE). It comprehensively covers the Paper I, namely, Fundamentals of Social Sciences. This book has been divided into five units, comprising of 20 chapters. The book will help the students to learn about the importance of social science, understand the emergence of culture and history, society and social behaviour, political economy and knowledge on applications of computer technology including, internet basics, Cryptography, ethical and social implications. All the topics have been aptly discussed as per the requirements of the syllabus.
Comprehensive coverage of the syllabus.
Written in lucid manner for better understanding of concept.
Engaging chapter-end exercises have been provided for practice.
Unit I: What is Social Science?
Definition and Scope of Social Science -Different Social Sciences
Distinction between Natural Science and Social Science
Interdisciplinary Nature of Social Sciences
Methods and Approaches of Social Sciences
Unit II: Understanding History and Society
Defining History, Its Nature and Scope
History -A Science or an Art
Micro Importance of History in the Present Society
Types of History and Chronology of Indian History
Unit III: Society and Social Behaviour
Definition, Nature and Scope of Psychology
Importance of Social Interaction
The Need for Psychology in Present Society
Thought Process and Social Behaviour
Unit IV: Political Economy
Understanding Political Systems
Political Systems - Organs of State
Understanding over Economics - Micro and Macro Concepts
Economic Growth and Development - Various Aspects of Development