Students are required to write an essay assessing their achievements on their placement. This writing is in response to the order 82053666 Assessment Description: This assessment is in two parts of equal value: Part A (1250 words – This part is a self-reflection, written in the 1st person): You are required to write an essay assessing your achievements in your placement against the goals set in your learning contract. You should assess each goal on your learning contract as well as each learning outcome as indicated in the first page of this assessment brief. You should carefully compare each of your goals with the achievements that you were able to produce on your placement, also referring to the Assessment Brief Program Master of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy Subject Practicum 2: Clinical Placement Subject code CLN501A Name of assessment Assessment 2: Observation and Critical Reflection Length 2500 words Learning outcomes addressed by this assessment: This assessment addresses learning outcomes a-e Submission Date: Week 12 Lecturer Name Yolanda Waldman Assessment brief Summary: Students are required to write an essay assessing their achievements on their placement Total marks 100 Weighting 70% Students are advised that any submissions past the due date incur a 10% penalty per day, calculated from the total mark e.g. a task marked out of 40 will incur a 4 mark penalty per day. Furthermore, students must attempt all tasks in the unit, and attend a minimum of 80% of classes to be eligible to pass the unit. More information can be found in Think Education Assessment Policy document on the Think Education website ( appropriate learning outcomes on the previous page. This is a self-reflective essay, so it is to be written in the first person. You are not required to provide academic references for Part A. Part B (1250 words – This part is a critical reflection on your placement organisation, written in the 3rd person): You are required to write a critical reflection/evaluation of the organisation in which you participated according to the following criteria: ? Does the organisation have a clear vision or mission statement? ? Are the goals of the organisation achievable and regularly updated? ? How does the organisation collaborate with other organisations and the wider community? ? Does the organisation offer both short and long-term services and programs, and why (not)? ? How does the organisation attract funding, and can you suggest ways to increase donations? ? Briefly describe the client intake, management and referral process. This essay will incorporate a formal introduction, main points and conclusion but Part A will not require references as it is essentially a self-reflective piece of writing. However, if you do choose to include appropriate and relevant references, standard referencing rules apply as outlined below. No marks will be deducted if you do not include references, however, if you incorporate incorrectly referenced material, marks will be deducted. Part B will require at least seven references, one of which may include the organisation’s website. Marking Criteria: Word count, readability, and structure 10% (7) Number and choice of appropriate references 20% (14) In-text references and reference list 10% (7) Answering the question and responding to the topic 30% (21) Links to theories and concepts 30% (21) Total: 100% (70)

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.



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