The research paper must have a clear argument (a thesis statement) that directly responds to one of the discussion questions listed on the assignment’s instructions sheet.****The research paper and proposal will be on different topics. They are two separateassignments. The rationale behind this is that it helps you prepare for the take home exam.****The research paper should provide only very brief context, with the focus squarely on presenting an argument, defending that argument and analyzing/refuting counter-arguments. When drafting the paper, ensure that points and discussion always link back to the thesis statement. It is expected that the research paper will draw on readings for more than one week. Complete, proper and consistent citation practices are required.