10 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: Housing and the homes and neighbourhoods that we live in are in the news every day. Whether this is over concerns about housing shortages, affordability, housing bubbles, `generation rent', social housing, housing evictions, city-centre housing, DIY and `grand designs', or debates about the domestic sphere, `home as a haven', `benefit streets', flooding and shack settlements, housing is often at the centre of social science research. This module aims to introduce students to this broad and diverse subject by drawing on the expertise of staff who research across these multiple themes. The module focuses on contemporary concerns, while maintaining an appreciation of the impact of historical trends (e.g. the Global Financial Crisis of 2007/8). The module will make use of cases from the UK and abroad to illustrate trends, arguments and challenges.

Staff Contact: Dr Paula Meth
Teaching Methods: Teaching methods will primarily rest on formal lectures together with independent study.The lectures will explore 10 broad themes will be covered over a 12 week period. Each session will be 2 hours in duration, allowing for in-depth exploration of the theme as well as time allocated to support self-directed learning (e.g. by advising on reading and offering support and advice on the selection of assessment topics). Week 1's lecture will offer an introduction to key concepts, the module's format and organisation, and to the assessment. The final session, in week 12, will draw lecture material together in a concluding lecture and will also offer students assessment support.The module will draw on a range of staff in the department who are all active researchers within this broad field.
Assessment: Course work

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