Unctionalism and its Critics *See order instructions*

Hi,

this is for a sociology classtopic is functionalism.
These 3 questions need answering you can do one after the other that is fine.

1. What are the advantages of explaining social life in terms of systems and functions?
2. Is Robert Merton s  middle-range theory preferable to Talcott Parson s  unified theory ?
3. What is  social order ? How satisfactory is the functionalist explanation of social order?

Thanks :)

If you can get a hold of John Holmwoods article Functionalism and its Criticsthatd be rather helpful.