module specification

SS6058 - Housing Issues and Housing Solutions (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Housing Issues and Housing Solutions
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
114 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 5%   Web-based test
Coursework 95%   Report
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Thursday Morning

Module summary

Housing Issues and Housing Solutions outlines the key issues that face people working in housing, residents and community workers. It will focus on a practical approach to dealing with community-related & housing issues, their causes and solutions. It will examine the rights and obligations of residents and identify good practice in key management areas such as resident involvement, dealing with anti-social behaviour and disrepair. Combined with other modules in the faculty, such as ‘Housing and Homelessness’, this module provides a housing pathway for students wishing to develop or further their careers in this area.


The module aims to:

  1. Place changes in housing management in the context of wider social, economic and organisational changes; (A01)
  2. Introduce the key practical issues facing housing professionals, and good practice in addressing these issues; (A02)
  3. Identify ways in which housing service users and community workers can challenge poor performance and get involved in service improvement; (A03)
  4. Examine the benefits and challenges of partnership working in dealing with housing issues; (A04)
  5. Explain current discussions on the balance of rights and responsibilities for social housing tenants and other local residents. (A05)

Prior learning requirements



  1. Housing rights and resident involvement in decision making (LO1, LO2, LO3)
  2. Improving services to tenants such as income maximisation, dealing with anti-social behaviour and housing maintenance (LO1, LO2)
  3. Issues of equality, diversity, social justice and sustainability in delivering housing services (LO4)
  4. housing ‘rights’ and ‘obligations’, in relation to landlords and residents (LO1, LO2, LO3)
  5. identifying and implementing good practice. (LO1, LO2, LO5)

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. Weblearn resources will be used extensively. Guest speakers will provide current best practice in the housing profession, and opportunities for employment in the sector.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Critically assess key practical issues that face housing professionals in providing good services to residents; (L01)
  2. Analyse ways in which housing, community and other professionals can work together to resolve these issues; (L02)
  3. Critically explore how social housing tenants and other local residents can be involved in decision making; (L03)
  4. Analyse issues of equality, diversity and social justice in delivery of housing services (LO4); and
  5. Identify issues of sustainability in delivery housing and housing services (LO5)

Assessment strategy

A web based test early in the module will test students’ abilities to find relevant information and identify good practice. The main report will be in report format, and will require students to present solutions to housing issues is a clear, well-argued manner


The assessment is:

  • an interactive test delivered through Weblearn (5%)
  • a professional report on addressing housing issues (95%)

This module has opportunities for formative assessment, and draft work is considered and commented on. Comments on draft work are provided a week before the final hand in date, so that students have opportunities to amend their work