CPT871 - Housing in a Globalising World

SchoolCardiff School of Planning and Geography
Department CodeCPLAN0
Module CodeCPT871
External Subject CodeK450
Number of Credits20
Language of DeliveryEnglish
Module Leader Dr Peter Mackie
SemesterSpring Semester
Academic Year2013/4

Outline Description of Module

This module critically examines housing systems and policies across the globe. It considers the ways in which housing has been affected by globalisation and investigates the needs of those who live in unsuitable housing or indeed are homeless. These issues are discussed with reference to detailed examples from Europe, the US, SE Asia, Africa and Latin America.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

How the module will be delivered

The module will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, online lectures, small group tutorials, and presentations by guest speakers.

Skills that will be practised and developed

Skills practised and developed through the module will include:


How the module will be assessed

Students will be assessed through two mechanisms. The first is a formative piece of assessment where groups of students will be required to prepare a presentation which describes, evaluates and makes recommendations for improvement for the housing policies of a country of their choice. The presentation will be given to the lecturer, who will then provide feedback during discussion with the group. This should inform the group report which constitutes the summative assessment for this module. 

Group Presentation (0%)

Group Report (100%)

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Written Assessment 100
Group Report
N/A 1 N/A

Syllabus content

The module will begin with an introduction to the different roles played by housing; as a shelter, a place of belonging, and a commodity. After the introductory lecture, the module is split into two sections; the first explores a series of key topics and the second embeds these topics in a selection of country case studies.

 Section One

The first section of the module will begin by examining different forms of housing; from publicly funded social housing and illegal slum housing, to privately developed and owned properties. Having developed a good grasp of the significantly different uses and forms of housing across the globe, we will then consider the relationship between housing and globalisation; why is it that irresponsible lending in the US might result in the expansion of urban slums in Africa?  The module then focuses on those households who fall out of the housing market and face housing poverty and homelessness. 

Section Two

The second section of the module will explore housing policies and practices in a diverse range of countries and regions, including; Europe, the US, China, Africa and Latin America. In the final session we will draw comparisons between different housing policies in order to identify lessons for future improvement. All sessions are mandatory.


Essential Reading and Resource List

Clapham, D. (2002) ‘Housing pathways: a postmodern analytical framework’, Housing, Theory and Society, vol 19, no 2, pp 57-68.

Davs, M. (2006) Planet of Slums London: Verso 

Drakakis-Smith, D. (2010) Urbanisation, housing and the development process, London: Taylor and Francis 

Fitzpatrick, S. and Johnsen, S. (2012) International homelessness policy review: a report to inform the review of homelessness legislation in Wales  http://www.cplan.cf.ac.uk/files/4913/2818/2108/International_Homeless_Policy_Review.pdf

Forrest, R. and Yip, N. (2011) Housing markets and the global financial crisis Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

King, P. (2009) Understanding housing finance: meeting needs and making choices London: Routledge. 

Groves, Richard, Alan Murie, and Christopher Watson eds. (2007) Housing and the new welfare state: perspectives from East Asia and Europe. Ashgate.

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