HOUSING POLICY AND MANAGEMENT

SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMK412219
Module Leader n/a
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Politics
Trimesters
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module will develop the students analytical skills by examining the nature of policymaking in a particular policy context. This will be accomplished through a study of the social, economic, and political environment which influences decision making in this sphere.

Syllabus

The function of housing : needs, wants, symbolism. The city as a place of residence: the residential mosaic. Theoretical perspectives on housing and residential structures: The managerialist approach to the housing market; The political economy perspective of the housing market.The origins of housing policy to 1945: from intervention to provision.Changing trends in housing policy 1945-98: from provision to rehabilitation. Housing policy in the contemporary period 1979-1994: from rehabilitation to residulisation.Comparative perspectives: choices in housing policy in the UK: the changing significance of the private and public sectors.Comparative perspectives: choices in housing policy in the USA. The dominance of the private sector.Comparative perspectives: choices in housing policy in the Netherlands and Sweden: social rented housing under pressure.Public sector housing in a hostile environment:the policy context.Public sector housing in a hostile environment :the management of change.The production of housing.Land supply: controversy in the South East. The consumption of housing : the rise and rise of owner occupation.The housing association movement : the rise of a ` new state agency? in housing.Housing association tenancy and black access.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to:1. Evaluate the economic, political and social significance of housing at the national level.2. Analyse the development and contemporary importance of the different tenures.3. Assess the role of 'gatekeepers' in housing policy and assess the need for regulation in the market.4. Apply their knowledge of the local housing area to the management of need.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Teaching and learning is organised around a written project, approximately 5000 words in length, through which students will supplement their general reading by examining a local policy 'area' or 'problem'. The student will be given complete freedom in the choice of area for research but it will be required to be approved by the tutor. The main purpose of approval is to ensure that the topic is appropriate in terms of length and time available. It is not to restrict research to any pre-determined area. Students will be expected to make an initial presentation of their project to the group during the course. This should display the methodology, the proposed structure and content of the paper and provide an indication of academic work consulted to date. The aim of the presentation is entirely to provide a forum where students can test their ideas in a constructive environment.

Indicative Reading

Balchin, P.N. (1995) Housing Policy: an introduction. Routledge. Currie, H. and Murie, A. (1996) Housing in Scotland. Chartered Institute of Housing.Lund, B. (1996) Housing Problems and Housing Policy. Longman. Malpass, P. and Murie, A. (1999) Housing Policy and Practice (fifth edition). Macmillan. Marsh, A. and Mullins, D. (1998) Housing and Public Policy. Open University Press.

Transferrable Skills

At the end of the course the student will be able to:1. Evaluate the economic, political and social significance of housing at the national level.2. Analyse the development and contemporary importance of the different tenures.3. Assess the role of 'gatekeepers' in housing policy and assess the need for regulation in the housing market.4. Apply their knowledge of the local housing area to the management of need.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 84.00
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 100.00 45% Essay: 5000 words