Given the opening of Chaplin's Modern Times: 1.  Discuss at least five of the following concepts using the video, and the "Big Three" sociological approaches (Structural-Functionalism, Conflict...

Given the opening of Chaplin's Modern Times:
1.  Discuss at least five of the following concepts using the video, and the "Big Three" sociological approaches (Structural-Functionalism, Conflict Theory, and Symbolic-Interactionism).  
- job satisfaction
- alienation
- self actualization
- job autonomy
- continuous process autonomy
- inverted U curve of technology and alienation
- bullying
- job stress
- role strain
- role conflict
- comparison group
- social stratification  (age, gender, race, ethnicity, hierarchy, and social status)
- job-worker fit
- intrinsic rewards
- extrinsic rewards
- commitment
- resistance and sabotage
- social control
3.  Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times was made over 75 years ago in 1936, during the height of the Great Depression.  Today, we are again going through difficult economic times.  
- Give your definition of meaningful work, 
- Compare how meaningful work has has changed over the last 75 years, and
-  Predict at least possible changes in the workplace are taking place or may take place in the future,
- Describe at least one unintended consequence of one of these changes.

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The opening to Chaplin's Modern Times  is a deliberate statement about the nature of work in the modern setting. Chaplin's opening clearly embodies conflict theory's assertion that control is consolidated in the hands who hold economic power over those who lack it.  The six o'clock starting hour features hordes of people moving about, an heightened by Chaplin's use of animals.  In depicting people fervently moving to job settings where so little power and economic output is evident, Chaplin is able to depict a distinct work reality.  This is a condition where workers toil for minimal extrinsic rewards while intrinsic rewards are lacking.  The workers depicted find little in way of emotional affirmation or identity validation.  Chaplin shows workers who are alienated from their labor.  

From a functional standpoint, the workers occupy a specific role.  Turning on the switch, physically working with the machines, or filing into their respective stations represents the parts they...

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