|School||Cardiff School of Planning and Geography|
|External Subject Code||K450|
|Number of Credits||20|
|Language of Delivery||English|
|Module Leader||Dr Peter Mackie|
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.
The module will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, online lectures, small group tutorials, and presentations by guest speakers.
Skills practised and developed through the module will include:
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%)
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.
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.
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.
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.