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Generate your argument

The thesis presents to the reader (i.e., to your examiner) a particular notion and a particular perspective. This is developed as an intellectual argument throughout the thesis. Therefore you will need to structure your argument, your line of thinking, so that the reader can move sequentially together with you as you develop the main idea and persuade the reader of your contention.

Think about your topic, your purpose, your premise, your perspective, your reading and your findings, and what this all means for the discipline.

You will also try to identify what the reader's possible perspectives and doubts could be so that you can offer an argument against other points of view. You will need to critically analyse the problem, the findings and previous work in order to develop your argument. Determine how you are going to present the material, and in what order so that it becomes a convincing, and substantiated line of argument.

This argument will be generated from your analysis of the findings of your research. The challenge for you is to find the story in your data that will form the basis of your argument.

While you will generate the argument for your particular work and its perspective, you will ensure that your research is presented in the context of other work in the discipline. It will clearly demonstrate the uniqueness and importance of your work and how it connects with other previous work.

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