About the lab course

The Urban Lab Istanbul course examines the dynamics of urban politics and policy in an emerging global city—Istanbul. In addition to social, political, and economic issues, we will also focus on history, culture, language, architecture & the arts. Weekly class sessions will include lectures, case studies, guest lecturers, &  group work on research projects. The lab also features an 8-day field research trip to Istanbul during Spring Break. In 2013 we spent 2.5 days in the capital city (Ankara) as well. Here we met with high ranking officials from TOKi, the Turkish Ministry of Mass Housing and urban planners at the Ankara municipality. We also did a site visit of the Kuzey Ankara project, a huge housing and urban redevelopment project on Ankara’s north side. Students will complete an independent or collaborative research project. 2014 topics included Syrian refugees in Istanbul, the Roma population in Istanbul, urban transformation, and women in politics.

Spring 2014 Urban Lab Istanbul (Poli 349) Syllabus 

In Spring 2015, the “parent” course for  Poli 349 will again be Poli 464/362 Comparative Urban Politics and Policy. To enroll in the Istanbul Lab course (Poli 349) you must be registered for the parent course. Prerequisites are not necessary, but if you have had Poli 332, you will have a very good foundation for Poli 464/362 and the urban lab program.

You can find  applications on the Forms and Dates pages of this site. Or, you can also email Prof. Marschall and request one (marschal@rice.edu) .

The associated lab fee for the course was $1700 (including airfare) in 2014.  In 2015 the lab fee was $950, but did not include airfare.


Overview of Urban Lab Program with Photos from 2013 Field Research Trips to Istanbul and Buenos Aires

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