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    Introduction to Sociology (SOC101)
    Assignment No. 01
    Due Date: May 09, 2013 Marks: 20
    Sociological Perspectives in Everyday Life
    Leaning Objective:
    • To introduce the students with basic schools of thought of Sociology
    • To enable students to practically impart their knowledge with help of theoretical approaches
    learned in this subject
    • To enhance students’ ability to critically analyze the social situations from different angels
    Assignment 01
    In sixteenth century and later on in Europe coffee centers were considered as centers of gossip and
    political intrigue for the elites in the past and now the same culturehas expanded to the middle class as
    well. Friends and families spend their time in these shops in order to have some fun as well as discuss
    important issues of surroundings. Suppose you go to a Coffee house with your friends. You found
    three paintings by Brughel hanging over there. The main theme of the paintings is derived from 16th
    century (era of development of the discipline of sociology). In a first look paintings portrayed a large
    number of people engaged in a range of bizarre activities. The painting first seems to make a little
    sense but in reality it has in-depth social happenings in it.
    Picture 01
    Picture 02
    Picture 03
    1. Have a look at the paintings given above; your task is to critically analyze each painting from the
    social context given by the following perspectives and give logical reasoning to justify your answer:
    1. The Structural-Functional
    2. The Social-Conflict
    3. The Symbolic-Interaction
    2. How the social situations presented in each painting provide a conflicting context for other school
    of thought? Explain with examples. 5
    Steps to attempt the assignment:
    Firstly, critically analyze pictures one by one from each school of thought
    Secondly, try to extract the social context of each picture
    Thirdly, relate the social context presented in the picture with all three perspectives
    Lastly, compare and contrast how these pictures present diversified view of society as per sociological
    Learning Outcomes:
    • Learners will be able to understand the roles of sociologicalperspective in shaping our
    everyday life
    • Students will also be able to apply multiple schools of thought in specific situations which
    ultimately help them to avoid ethnocentric approach in life
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    The structural-functional approach is derived from earlier uses of functionalism and systems models in anthropology, sociology, biology, and political science. Structural functionalism became popular around 1960 when it became clear that ways of studying U.S. and European politics were not useful in studying newly independent countries, and that a new approach was needed. Structural-functionalism assumes that a bounded (nation-state) system exists, and studies structures in terms of their function(s) within the system. For structural functionalists the question to be answered is what does a structure (guerrilla movement, political party, election, etc.) do within the political system (of country x)? The goal is to find out what something actually does in a political system, as opposed to what it is supposed to do. Thus, structural functionalists would not waste time studying constitutions in Third World countries if they found that the constitutions [structures] had little impact on political reality.
    Almond claimed that certain political functions existed in all political systems. On the input side he listed these functions as: political socialization, political interest articulation, political interest aggregation, and political communication. Listed as outputs were rule-making, rule implementation, and rule adjudication. Other basic functions of all political systems included the conversion process, basic pattern maintenance, and various capabilities (distributive, symbolic, etc.). Structural functionalists argued that all political systems, including Third World systems, could most fruitfully be studied and compared on the basis of how differing structures performed these functions in the various political system.

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