Conflict and Functional Analysis of a Current Event
Select an article or issue from the news (you can use video news sources if you like)
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Analyze the article from a functionalist perspective. Think about the assumptions of functionalism and the social functions of the main ideas of the article. (Hint: If your article addresses an issue that has been around for generations, assume that it serves a function. If your article addresses a short-term issue such as a natural disaster, think in terms of disfunction and what it will take for the society to restore stability) *
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Analyze the article from a conflict perspective. Again, think about the underlying assumptions of the Conflict Perspective. Are there issues related to dominant groups v. marginalized groups? How might disparities in power and well-being influence your issue? *
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Meta-analysis: Compare and contrast the two approaches to analyzing the given issue. *
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