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Course Information

Semester 2, Blocks 1–2


Office hours by appointment only.

Dates & Locations

session date time location due
 1 Feb 7 11:15–13:00 online
 2 Feb 14 11:15–13:00 online Assignment 1
 3 Feb 21 11:15–13:00 SH 13.12
 4 Feb 28 11:15–13:00 SH 13.12 Assignment 2
 5 Mar 7 11:15–13:00 SH 13.12
 6 Mar 14 11:15–13:00 SH 13.12 Assignment 3
Exam Week Mar 21 n/a n/a Midterm
 7 Mar 28 11:15–13:00 SH 13.12 Self-Assessment
 8 Apr 4 11:15–13:00 SH 13.12
 9 Apr 11 11:15–13:00 SH 13.12 Assignment 4
10 Apr 25 11:15–13:00 SCHOUW A2.04/05 Assignment 5
11 May 2 11:15–13:00 tbd
12 May 9 11:15–13:00 SCHOUW A2.04/05 Final Presentation
End of course May 16 n/a n/a Proposal

Note: There is no class on March 21 and April 18.

All times CE(S)T unless otherwise noted.


Assessment in this class is based on a mix of individual and group assignments, each counting for 50 percent of your grade.

Individual Assignments

Assignment 1 accounts for 10 percent of the overall grade, while the take-home midterm counts for 40 percent of the overall grade.

Group Assignments

Over the course of this course, you will be working in groups of 3–4 students developing 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 present their preliminary proposals to get peer and instructor feedback. In session 12, you will have opportunity to present your proposals to the wider urban studies community. Your presentation will count for 10 percent of the overall grade of group members. After the presentations, you will submit your written proposal. They will count for 40 percent of the overall grade of all group members. The group assignments will be factored into your proposal grade.


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.

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.