The unessay allows you to write about anything you want provided you are able to associate your topic with the subject matter of the course and relate it to religion, women and/or gender. You can take any approach; you can use as few or as many resources as you wish; you can even cite Wikipedia. The only requirements are that your treatment of the topic be compelling: that is to say presented in a way that leaves the reader thinking that you are being accurate, interesting, and as complete and/or convincing as your subject allows.
An unessay is compelling when it shows some combination of the following:
it is as interesting as its topic and approach allows
it is as complete as its topic and approach allows (it doesn’t leave the audience thinking that important points are being skipped over or ignored)
it is truthful (any questions, evidence, conclusions, or arguments you raise are honestly and accurately presented)
it makes an argument, taking a particular point of view on the topic. A good unessay doesn’t just describe, it synthesizes and analyzes.
In terms of presentation, an unessay is effective when it shows some combination of these attributes:
it is readable/viewable/listenable: i.e. the production values are appropriately high and the audience is not distracted by avoidable lapses in presentation.
it is well crafted: the assingment’s invitation to write in different modes (using slang, etc.) does not mean the unessay needn’t be copyedited. Deliberate stylistic choices can help convey your message, while needless errors will distract from your message.
it is appropriate: i.e. it uses a format and medium that suits its topic and approach.
it is attractive: i.e. it is presented in a way that leads the audience to trust the author and his or her arguments, examples, and conclusions.

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