Preparation
For this assessment, you will examine how behaviorism and social cognitive theories could be applied in an everyday learning situation. First, select one of
the four case studies presented in the Case Study media piece in the Required Resources area. You will use this case study to complete not only this
assessment, but assessments 2 and 5 as well.

Instructions
Reflecting upon what you have learned about behaviorism and social cognitive theories, describe the basic tenets of each theory.
Using theory-specific terminology, describe the elements of your selected case study that relate to each theory.
What elements of the case study would be important from a behaviorist perspective?
What elements of the case study would be important from a social cognitive perspective?
Pretend that the character in the scenario has overcome her or his learning barrier.
Explain how one might achieve his or her goal supported by each of the learning theories.
Complete the following:

Describe the basic tenets of behaviorism.
Describe the basic tenets of social cognitive theory
Apply behaviorism and social cognitive theory terminology and concepts to case study.
Explain how both behaviorism and social cognitive theory might be used to resolve the problem presented in the case study.
Additional Requirements
Length: 5–7 pages (not counting your title page or references), double-spaced, 12-point font.
Number of references: Minimum of 5 references.
Article distinctions: There are three different types of articles. Research articles present original research, review articles discuss research already
presented elsewhere, and survey articles are comprehensive review articles that discuss an entire field or area of research. References to books are
acceptable, but they should be kept to a minimum—probably no more than five.
APA style: You must use proper APA style to cite and list your references. Refer to the Writing Center’s APA Style and Format guidelines (located in the
Suggested Resources) for more information.
Format: Use the following structure:
Cover page (your name, your specialization or program, title and course number, current quarter and year, and instructor’s name).
Body, including headings and subheadings over the appropriate content.
Reference list.
Refer to the APA Style and Format guidelines for additional formatting information.
Style: Write in the third person as an impartial narrator. Avoid the use of I, we, or you. In particular, avoid phrases like “I think” in favor of phrases like “the
evidence suggests” or “research indicates.” In science, personal opinion carries no weight unless supported by a combination of empirical research and
statistical or logical-mathematical inference.
Other notes: Avoid long quoted passages from your source texts. This should be a synthesis of your own ideas, in your own words—even if your ideas refer
to the original ideas of others, in which case the references should be explicit. Writing at the graduate level should be scholarly and more than a mere
summary. It should present a unique thesis or at least a significant point you are trying to make, adding appreciably to what is already known of your topic.
Your point or thesis will stand or fall solely on its strength—that is, the quality and quantity of the evidence you present.

Sample Solution

Sample solution

Dante Alighieri played a critical role in the literature world through his poem Divine Comedy that was written in the 14th century. The poem contains Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. The Inferno is a description of the nine circles of torment that are found on the earth. It depicts the realms of the people that have gone against the spiritual values and who, instead, have chosen bestial appetite, violence, or fraud and malice. The nine circles of hell are limbo, lust, gluttony, greed and wrath. Others are heresy, violence, fraud, and treachery. The purpose of this paper is to examine the Dante’s Inferno in the perspective of its portrayal of God’s image and the justification of hell. 

In this epic poem, God is portrayed as a super being guilty of multiple weaknesses including being egotistic, unjust, and hypocritical. Dante, in this poem, depicts God as being more human than divine by challenging God’s omnipotence. Additionally, the manner in which Dante describes Hell is in full contradiction to the morals of God as written in the Bible. When god arranges Hell to flatter Himself, He commits egotism, a sin that is common among human beings (Cheney, 2016). The weakness is depicted in Limbo and on the Gate of Hell where, for instance, God sends those who do not worship Him to Hell. This implies that failure to worship Him is a sin.

God is also depicted as lacking justice in His actions thus removing the godly image. The injustice is portrayed by the manner in which the sodomites and opportunists are treated. The opportunists are subjected to banner chasing in their lives after death followed by being stung by insects and maggots. They are known to having done neither good nor bad during their lifetimes and, therefore, justice could have demanded that they be granted a neutral punishment having lived a neutral life. The sodomites are also punished unfairly by God when Brunetto Lattini is condemned to hell despite being a good leader (Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). While he commited sodomy, God chooses to ignore all the other good deeds that Brunetto did.

Finally, God is also portrayed as being hypocritical in His actions, a sin that further diminishes His godliness and makes Him more human. A case in point is when God condemns the sin of egotism and goes ahead to commit it repeatedly. Proverbs 29:23 states that “arrogance will bring your downfall, but if you are humble, you will be respected.” When Slattery condemns Dante’s human state as being weak, doubtful, and limited, he is proving God’s hypocrisy because He is also human (Verdicchio, 2015). The actions of God in Hell as portrayed by Dante are inconsistent with the Biblical literature. Both Dante and God are prone to making mistakes, something common among human beings thus making God more human.

To wrap it up, Dante portrays God is more human since He commits the same sins that humans commit: egotism, hypocrisy, and injustice. Hell is justified as being a destination for victims of the mistakes committed by God. The Hell is presented as being a totally different place as compared to what is written about it in the Bible. As a result, reading through the text gives an image of God who is prone to the very mistakes common to humans thus ripping Him off His lofty status of divine and, instead, making Him a mere human. Whether or not Dante did it intentionally is subject to debate but one thing is clear in the poem: the misconstrued notion of God is revealed to future generations.

 

References

Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). Dante’s inferno: Seven deadly sins in scientific publishing and how to avoid them. Addiction Science: A Guide for the Perplexed, 267.

Cheney, L. D. G. (2016). Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno: A Comparative Study of Sandro Botticelli, Giovanni Stradano, and Federico Zuccaro. Cultural and Religious Studies4(8), 487.

Verdicchio, M. (2015). Irony and Desire in Dante’s” Inferno” 27. Italica, 285-297.