Course Information

Semester 2, Blocks 1–2


Office hours by appointment only.

Dates & Locations

session date time location due
 1 Feb 6 11:15–13:00 SH 13.13
 2 Feb 13 11:15–13:00 SH 13.13 Assignment 1
 3 Feb 20 11:15–13:00 SH 13.13
 4 Feb 27 11:15–13:00 SH 13.13 Assignment 2
 5 Mar 6 11:15–13:00 SH 13.13
 6 Mar 13 11:15–13:00 SH 13.13 Assignment 3
 7 Mar 20 11:15–13:00 SH 13.13
Exam Week Mar 27 n/a n/a Midterm
 8 Apr 3 11:15–13:00 SH 13.12 Self-Assessment
 9 Apr 17 11:15–13:00 SH 13.12 Assignment 4
10 Apr 24 11:15–13:00 SH 13.12 Assignment 5
11 May 1 11:15–13:00 SH 13.12
12 May 8 11:15–13:00 WH 3.16/3.46 Final Presentation
End of course May 15 n/a n/a Proposal

All times CE(S)T unless otherwise noted.

Note: There is no class on April 10.


The required book for this class is Forrest Stuart, Ballad of the Bullet (Princeton University Presss, 2020). It is available electronically through the university library catalog.

Other required and supplementary readings are either contained in Alan Bryman, Social Research Methods (Oxford University Press, 2012) or will be available for download.


Assessment in this class is based on a mix of individual and group assignments, each counting for half of your grade.

Individual Assignments

The take-home midterm counts for 50 percent of your overall grade.

Group Assignments

You will be working in groups of 3–4 students to develop a research proposal. As a group, you will complete several group assignments (pass/fail) to prepare parts of the proposal over the course of the semester. In session 10, groups will have a chance to get feedback on an early draft of their proposals from peers and instructors. In session 12, you will have opportunity to present your proposals.

Your presentation will count for 10 percent of the overall grade of group members. After the presentations, you will submit your written proposal, which will count for 40 percent of the overall grade of all group members. The group assignments will be factored into your proposal grade.

Academic Integrity

This class adheres to Leiden University’s regulations on academic integrity. According to the university, “Plagiarism is understood as presenting, intentionally or otherwise, someone else’s words, thoughts, analyses, argumentations, pictures, techniques, computer programmes, etc., as your own work.”

We will refer all suspected violations of these regulations to the examination committee. Be careful to properly cite all works you draw on in your assignments. The University Library offers tutorials and advice on what and how to cite.


This syllabus is a living document and may be adapted as the course progresses. You can keep track of changes in the timeline.