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Contemporary Central Asian Sources
CEUS-R 529
William Fierman

This course is designed to prepare students to use Russian-, Kazakh-, or Uzbek-language sources for research on modern or contemporary Central Asia. (The course will deal only with written sources—not oral ones.) Students enrolling in this class should already be enrolled in or have completed the third year of the appropriate language (or else have attained an equivalent level of reading skill through other means) . The class will acquaint students with newspapers, journals, reference books, scholarly monographs and edited volumes on topics relevant to their research interests. Class reading assignments will be drawn from these sources.

Depending on student demand, the course will be devoted to one or possibly two of the following three languages (Russian, Kazakh, and Uzbek). Because sources in at least one of the three languages will not be offered, students considering this course should contact the instructor as soon as possible to indicate the language of the sources they would like to work with. 

Students will be assigned to  read texts in preparation for class. We will devote classroom sessions to going through selected passages and explaining vocabulary and grammar constructions. One of the main goals of the course is to improve reading skills, in part by learning how to find sources, skim, identify key passages, understand construction of linguistically complex sentences, and build reading vocabulary.

For this course students will write a research paper on a topic of their choice using Russian-/Kazakh-, or Uzbek-language sources. The paper will count for 35 percent of the course grade. Exams and quizzes will account for 25 percent of the grade,  and classroom performance for 40 percent.