REMP40-International Housing Policy and Management

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
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Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof David Clapham

Email: d.f.clapham@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
The module aims to give students an understanding of the different roles of the state and other actors and the institutional structures in different national housing systems. It examines the consumer experience of housing and the factors that influence this such as house condition, tenure rights and the landlord tenant relationship. It also includes the main elements of housing management of social rented housing. The module is an introduction to housing as a field of study for those who wish to work in the housing or related fields such as real estate and planning where a knowledge of the main policy issues in housing is important. The module is international in orientation with examples used from a wide range of countries. Therefore, the module is suitable for students from a wide range of professional and national backgrounds and interests.

Aims:
• To give students an understanding of the structures and processes in different national housing systems.
• To enable students to understand the consumer experience of housing and the factors such as house quality, tenure rights and obligations, neighbourhood amenities that influence this.
• To enable students to analyse major policy issues in housing and to identify different policy options to deal with particular issues.
• To enable students to understand the housing production process and the major factors that influence the outcomes of this process.
•To enable students to understand the main factors involved in the management of social rented houses and estates.

Assessable learning outcomes:
• An understanding of the nature of different national housing systems and their aims, functions and outcomes.
• An understanding of the consumer experience in housing, including the meaning of home, neighbourhood and community, the concept of housing quality and tenure rights and obligations.
• An ability to identify policy issues and different means of dealing with them and to assess the outcomes of policy interventions.
• An understanding of the housing production process and the major actors and processes within this.
• An understanding of the main policies and procedures for the management of social housing.
• An ability to analyse a housing policy issue using a variety of data sources and to make recommendations for future policy and practice.

Additional outcomes:
• An ability to use a wide variety of information to analyse housing issues such as statistics, qualitative data and policy documents
• An ability to debate issues in housing and to understand the basis of professional practice in this area.

Outline content:
The following content is indicative and might be changed in response to emerging policy issues and research interests.
1. Welfare Regimes, the role of the state, divergence and convergence
2. The State and Housing Markets; constructing a housing market and market institutions
3. Housing pathways
4. Housing tenures ; rights and obligations
5. House and home
6. Housing quality, housing and health
7. Neighbourhood and community
8. Inequality and segregation; mixed communities
9. Housing renewal; slums and shanty towns
10. Low income housing – different forms of intervention and their impact
11. Managing social housing
12. Housing strategies and plans
13. Assessing housing needs
14. Land for housing
15. Housing Development 1 the development process
16. HD2 Site planning and layout
17. HD 3 Sustainable design and construction
18. Housing and Infrastructure
19. Homelessness

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 10
Guided independent study 180
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
Discussion and presentations in class

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
Not applicable

Requirements for a pass:
The pass-mark for this module is 50%

Reassessment arrangements:
Reassessment will be by the same method as for the module's original assessment requirements, subject to variation by the Examination Board where appropriate.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 21 December 2016

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