module specification

SS6057 - Homelessness and Housing Policy (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Homelessness and Housing Policy
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
105 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Practical Examination 30%   On-line discussion using WebLearn
Coursework 70%   Essay
Running in 2022/23

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

Module summary

Homelessness and Housing Policy outlines the key issues of British housing policy with a focus upon the central theme of homelessness. It is divided into three parts: Historical context; the housing sector and contemporary issues. Combined with other modules in the faculty, such as ‘Housing Issues and Housing Solutions’, this module provides a housing pathway for students wishing to develop or further their careers in this area. The module runs for 15 weeks, and is assessed through an on-line discussion and a 2000 word report.

The module aims to:


1. Provide students with a historical perspective of the British housing system over the twentieth century & an understanding of different forms of government intervention.


2. To equip students with the necessary techniques to evaluate policy with reference to contemporary issues in housing.


3. Provide students with the tools to evaluate housing issues and policy towards the homeless using a variety of analytical perspectives within social policy.

Prior learning requirements



  1. The origins of social housing
  2. Post-war housing policy
  3. From provider to enabler – the changing role of local government
  4. New Labour and Housing Policy
  5. Contemporary housing issues
  6. ‘Race’ and ethnicity in issues of housing
  7. Priority need and homelessness
  8. Rough Sleepers

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

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


1. Explain the impact of the different forms of intervention in the housing market in the UK over the twentieth century

2. Explain the link between public housing provision, labour markets and the wider social welfare system

3. devise criteria and then assess contemporary housing goals and policy implementation

Assessment strategy

The essay will be situated around the link between public housing provision, labour markets and the wider social welfare system. Students will be asked to explain different government interventions within the housing market.

The on-line groups will enable students to choose a topic related to a contemporary housing issue and its policy implementation. This will be critically discussed with reference to academic and policy literature.


Lowe, S. (2004) Housing Policy Analysis, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Malpass, P. (2005) Housing and the Welfare State, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Malpass, P. and Rowlands, R. (eds) (2009) Housing, Markets and Policy, London: Routledge

Mullins, D. and Murie, A. (2006) Housing policy in the UK, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Special issue on ‘Housing Policy in England Since 1975’, in Housing Studies 22(2), March 2007

Glynn, S. (ed.) (2009) Where the Other Half Lives: Lower income housing in a neoliberal world, London: Pluto Press.

Hills, J. (2006) Ends and Means: The future roles of social housing in England, London: Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion CASEreport 34, London School of Economics

Jones, C. and Murie, A. (2006) The Right to Buy, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing

Kemp, P. A. (2004) Private Renting in Transition, Coventry: Chartered Institute of Housing

Kemp, P. A. (ed.) (2007) Housing Allowances in Comparative Perspective, Bristol: The Policy Press

Ronald, R. (2008) The Ideology of Home Ownership, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Schwartz, H. and Seabrooke, L. (eds.) (2009) The Politics of Housing Booms and Busts, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan