|School||Cardiff School of Planning and Geography|
|External Subject Code||K450|
|Number of Credits||20|
|Language of Delivery||English|
|Module Leader||Dr Peter Mackie|
Housing plays an extremely important part in our lives: it meets the basic human need for shelter whilst also often offering an opportunity for wealth generation as a commodity to be bought and sold. This module critically examines housing systems and policies across the globe. It considers the major similarities and differences between countries in Europe, the USA, SE Asia, Africa and Latin America. The module examines how the needs of different groups are met by the market (eg through private house building and renting), the state (eg through low cost housing provision) and by the actions of individuals (eg through informal house building, squatting and homelessness). The module challenges students to think critically about housing policies and to draw upon experiences across the globe to develop better and more socially just solutions.
This module will be delivered through five mechanisms:
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 and the class, who will then provide feedback. This should inform the group report which constitutes the summative assessment for this module. Both the presentation and the group report will require students to demonstrate they have met all five learning outcomes of the module.
Group Report (100%)
The opportunity for reassessment in this module
Students are permitted to be reassessed should they fail the module. A student failing the module would be required to produce a 4,000 word individual report, rather than re-write their element of the group report. The reassessment will usually take place during the summer.
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.
Drakakis-Smith, D. (2010) Urbanisation, housing and the development process, London: Taylor and Francis
Jenkins, P., Smith, H. And Ping-Wang, Y. (2007) Planning and Housing in the rapidly urbanising world, London: Routledge.
Kenna, P. (2012) Contemporary housing issues in a globalized world, Farnham: Ashgate.
Journals are a key part of the academic literature. It is in journals that current research is published and many contemporary debates are played out. You should include journal articles in your reading. As well as targeting them for specific topics or articles, it is worth regularly looking at the latest volumes in order to get a sense of what is going on in the discipline. Many of these can be accessed on-line via the Cardiff University Library service. Key Housing and Development journals that you have access to as a member of Cardiff University include:
International Journal of Housing Policy
Housing Policy Debate
Housing Theory and Society