Religion

Functionalist Perspectives on Religion

This will be challenging for some students as they can struggle to see the differences within a perspective.

The above detailed slideshow covers a range of theoretical perspectives, including functionalism (slides 3 to 11):

After reading through this material and discussing in a ‘think, pair and share’ exercise to clarify any points of uncertainty, ask students to create a table which initially identifies the specific ‘knowledge and understanding’ points of each specific writer. From this, they must attempt to identify the points of comparison and contrast between each writer.



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