Interdisciplinary Integration of Sociology and Psychology: The “Ought” and the “Is”

By Chao-Neng Chan.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Since their very beginnings, psychology and sociology appears to have been independently developed into their status quos. The issue of relations between psychology and sociology has been addressed on and off (e.g., Back, 1984; Lowie, 1915). From the perspective of interdisciplinarity (e.g., Boix Mansilla & Duraising, 2007; Klein, 1990) and the trend of world globalization (Chan, 2010), this article will explicate the necessity of the interdisciplinary integration of sociology and psychology in term of scientific knowledge development as well as professional education and training. Then, on the basis of a critical review of relevant literatures and their implications, various viable strategies for the integration will be proposed, and the realities in those areas will be evaluated. As a case of interdisciplinary integration action, Department of Social Psychology, Shih-Hsin University in Taiwan will be examined afterwards. Finally, the impediments of the interdisciplinary integration of the two sciences will be discussed in the conclusion.

Keywords: Relations between Psychology and Sociology, Interdisciplinary Integration, Higher Education Program

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 9, pp.125-140. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 841.576KB).

Dr. Chao-Neng Chan

Associate Professor, Department of Social Psychology, Shih-Hsin University, Taipei, Taiwan

Dr. Chao-Neng Chan graduated from the Department of Education, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan, with a major in education, and Dr. Chao-Neng Chan received a Ph.D. from the Department of Psychology, Boston University, specializing in social psychology. Chan joined the faculty of the Department of Social Psychology, Shih-Hsin University in August, 1996 as an associate professor. Before being the Dean of Students Affairs from the fall of 2003 to the spring of 2008, Chan had served as Director of Students Counseling Center at the University for 6 years. Chan’s current interested areas include: applied social psychology, student affairs in higher education, and interdisciplinary integration of social sciences. Such issues as college freshmen program, examination cheating behavior in the college classroom, interdisciplinary programs in higher education, as well as suicide and suicide prevention have been explored in Chan’s past works.


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