This discussion addresses module outcome 2. You have learned about the institutions of politics, education and religion. You have learned theories that examine how these institutions promote solidarity and stability in society even though they also contribute to inequality and dysfunction. Functionalists argue that the institutions interact and support each other in order to maintain social order. You will critically evaluate how these institutions interact and discuss whether this stability functions well or does harm to society.
Before beginning this activity, be sure to read the Module Notes and the assigned readings and viewings. Use as much detail from the readings and other learning materials in the module as possible to answer the following questions.
- Pick any topic that has been covered in class thus far (e.g. deviance, culture, race, gender, etc.).
- Apply one theory to a discussion of how this topic is supported in politics, education and religion.
- Do these institutions support social solidarity on this topic, or do they promote social dysfunction? Use evidence from the module readings and viewings to support your answer.
Your initial post should be at least 250 words and must substantively integrate the assigned readings with proper APA style formatting.