Political Science

Write a 250-word (minimum) essay on the following topic.

In the late 19th century, the Berlin Museum, which then owned the Ghent Altarpiece, separated the painted fronts of these panels from their backs, which were also painted, by sawing them apart. This harsh measure was intended to facilitate the exhibition of the panels and their inspection by an art-loving public. But it also served to obscure the fact that the panels were created as ecclesiastical objects for display in a church, not as simply works of art. Is there something wrong with the display of religious objects as art? Did the museum mistreat the Ghent Altarpiece by facilitating its public display, or should religious art be displayed like other works of art? Why or why not?


Essay Grading and Criteria

In preparing Essay assignments for each module, students will be required to write a more formal response to a topic of a minimum 250 words. The following ideas are how this item will be graded:

1) A good Essay response answers the full question in a direct and specific manner which has been proofread for proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

2) The minimum for the Essay is 250 words and this does not include title, name, or references.  Short responses will be deducted the percentage of how short it is.

3) Get to the point quickly and specifically.  Posts that have too many general statements could be penalized 10-15%.

4) Develop a thesis statement for the essay. Basically state exactly what you are going to discuss in this essay. (No thesis: -15%; a non-specific thesis: -10; and an almost fully specific thesis: between 3% and 5% off).   For 250 word Essay assignments, you should quickly lead in with a short intro and then start with your thesis statement.

5) Separate ideas into multiple paragraphs. If there is only have one paragraph in the essay, 15% will be deducted.

6) If a post is missing any key aspects of the question prompt, like a specific example or a specific answer to a direct question, there may be up to a 10% deduction for each key aspect missed.

7) There needs to be a Works Cited section containing sources which are academically reputable and correctly formatted in either MLA or APA style.

8) When prompted to find another source besides the text, posts must include proper citation of the source.  For websites, please include the link to the exact page the information came from so that your instructor can find your source easily.

9) The use of Wikipedia or other online encyclopedia, will result in a 10% deduction.

10) Plagiarism, or directly copying the wording from a source and trying to pass it off as your own words (cited or not), is not acceptable and will result in a zero on any assignment and a report of the incident to the administration. Continued instances of plagiarism could result in failing the course, being removed from the course, or possibly being dismissed from the institution.

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