module specification

SS6057 - Homelessness and Housing Policy (2018/19)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2018/19
Module title Homelessness and Housing Policy
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 150
 
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
105 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 30%   Literature review of key course text (1000 words
Coursework 70%   Essay (2000 words)
Running in 2018/19
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Thursday Afternoon
Autumn semester North Tuesday Morning

Module summary

The module examines the history of housing policy in the UK, focussing in particular on the shift to neo-liberal housing policies from the 1980s. Key contemporary housing issues and the key causes of the current ‘housing crisis’ in London and the UK are examined.

Syllabus

Contemporary housing issues (LO3)
History of housing policy and social housing in the UK (LO2, LO3)
Neo-liberalism, housing policy and social housing since the 1980s
and housing policy in the UK today (LO1, LO4)
The housing crisis in London and the UK – key issues and causes (LO3)
The private rented sector (LO3, LO4)
Regeneration of council housing estates in London and the UK (LO4)
Homelessness growth and policy (LO1, LO3)
Housing and vulnerable groups (LO3)

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

 Key issues will be introduced through lectures. Students will discuss good practice and other issues in small groups during seminars and participatory workshops. Weblearn resources will be used extensively.

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of housing policy in the UK throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries
2. Explain the impact of the different forms of state intervention in the housing market in the UK over the twentieth and twenty-first centuries
3. Identify and critically examine key contemporary housing issues and the key causes of the current ‘housing crisis’
4. Critically evaluate contemporary housing policy

Assessment strategy

 Assessment 1 - the literature review will require students to summarise a key course (core) text. The text will focus on a topic relating to a key aspect of contemporary housing policy.

Assessment 2 - the essay will require students to demonstrate an understanding of and critically reflect upon key housing policies and issues and the underlying causes of the housing crisis.

Bibliography

Core reading:

Boughton. J. (2018) Municipal Dreams. The Rise and Fall of Council Housing. Verso
Bowie. D (2017) Radical Solutions to the Housing Supply Crisis. Policy Press.
Greater London Authority (GLA) (2017) London Housing Strategy. Draft. September 2017
Lund B. (2017) Understanding Housing Policy, 3rd edition. Longman
Minton. A (2017) Big Capital. Who is London for? Penguin Books

Additional reading:

Robbins. G (2017) There’s No Place. The American Housing Crisis and what it means for the UK. Red Roof Books
Special issue on ‘Housing Policy in England Since 1975’, in Housing Studies 22(2), March 2007