The task for your second assignment is to choose one of the topics/themes covered on Diversity Management and identify a current news article on which to develop and write an essay. More specifically, you should find a news item featured on the BBC News website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news), The Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/uk), or the CIPD website (http://www.cipd.co.uk/pm/) from the past 12 months and establish a relationship between the issue in the news item and the material covered on this course.
In your essay provide an informed, critical commentary on the issues raised in the news story. Please note that this should not take the form of a case study analysis. Rather, the news article should act as a catalyst for a more general commentary on the salience of the issue, its evolution, and its implications for managing diversity in the workplace.
Criteria for your news article
The news item must be:
• about equality and diversity issues in the workplace
• from the BBC News website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news), The Guardian
(https://www.theguardian.com/uk), or the CIPD website (http://www.cipd.co.uk/pm/)
• published within the past 12 months
You are required to choose your news article by university week 19 (23rd January 2018) and have it signed off by your tutor at the seminar (please use the “Assignment proposal pro forma” on Moodle). Each week 2-3 students will be allocated to present for 6 minutes on their assignment proposal. This is an opportunity for each of you to receive peer feedback as well as tutor feedback on your ideas. Your Assignment proposal pro forma will be signed off by your tutor after you have presented and discussed your news article and ideas at the seminar. The form must then be included as an appendix to your submitted assignment. Please note also that there is a space on the pro forma for the full URL of the story you have chosen which you must also supply.
A successfully completed assignment will be consistent with the following guidelines:
• Be appropriately structured, written, presented and referenced (using the Harvard style, see
• Feature an appropriate equality and diversity management issue with sufficient currency,
substance and relevance to this course and its learning outcomes (properly justified) to merit
analysis and debate
• Feature and make substantial reference to a range of theories and concepts
• Engage in a critical debate which evidences deep insight into an contextual awareness of the topic
• Word limit: 2500 (not including reference list).
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.
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 Studies, 4(8), 487.
Verdicchio, M. (2015). Irony and Desire in Dante’s” Inferno” 27. Italica, 285-297.