Prepare an academic research essay on a topic from the list at the end of these assignment instructions. (Do not write on a topic you have already written about earlier in the course unless you have cleared it with your TA or instructor first.) These are broad topics; your essay must focus on a specific aspect of the topic you have chosen. Your essay must also argue a clear position on your topic, so your introduction should present an arguable thesis statement, which the rest of the essay will develop and support. The suggested length of this final assignment should allow for a thorough and persuasive treatment of your topic; however, it's important to develop a narrowed topic from the one you choose in the given list. As well, although you'll be presenting a clear argument or position, you should also try to provide a balanced essay that acknowledges opposing views. This assignment will require you to use a minimum of five research sources to a maximum of eight sources total. You may use “hard” sources like books and journals that you actually hold in your hands (yes, those still do exist out there), and/or you may access scholarly material such as academic journals, e-book versions of academic books, etc. through Queen’s databases, Summon, etc. For an academic essay, scholarly sources are preferable; there may (depending on your topic) be a need for you to use a more “popular” source such as a newspaper, but sources with greater academic credibility are stronger. Your research should draw on a combination of both primary and secondary sources. You must use the MLA documentation style; parenthetical citations and Works Cited are explained in Fit to Print pages 194-204 and the Student Academic Success Services handout on MLA Style. The model research essay in the “Resources” section of Module 5 also gives you a visual example of what MLA documentation looks like on the page. These resources should be all you need. Note that failure to use MLA style of referencing will result in a deduction of marks. Choose one of the general topics listed below. You will then need to narrow your topic into one that is manageable and that will allow you to generate a specific, focused thesis. Focus on an aspect of the topic that you find particularly interesting or significant, and conduct appropriate research. Then write your essay according to the guidelines provided above, keeping in mind that what your tutor will be looking for is an informative, well-argued essay that presents and interprets relevant research material in an interesting, persuasive way.