TRP335 Housing Policy and Governance

Module Coordinator: Ryan Powell


Tel: 0114 222 6182

Room: D11d

Module Overview

The aims of this Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH)-accredited module are to build on substantive knowledge, theory and skills about housing. Emphasis is placed on policy, practice, strategy analysis and understanding the links between housing, planning, social policies and outcomes at national, regional and local levels. The module further aims to: increase understanding of contemporary issues and debates in housing and housing policy and strategies; understand the causes and manifestations of problems, dilemmas and conflicts in housing systems and policy processes; and to develop abilities to synthesise and apply knowledge by understanding and critically assessing potential policy approaches to addressing housing problems.

Study Hours

The university recommends that you spend 200 hours on a 20-credit module.  This module will be delivered through ten two-hour sessions. This will include:

  • Lectures/workshops
  • Workshop preparation
  • Self study

Module Breakdown

Week 2: Course Introduction and overview
Week 3: Housing Contexts
Week 4: Housing and Inequality – Guest Lecture: Dr Jenny Preece
Week 5: Housing on the margins
Week 6: Urban Squatting
Week 7: Housing Policy and Restructuring
Week 8: Housing Governance
Week 9: Eviction - Guest Lecture: Dr Michele Lancione
Week 10: Housing and stigmatisation
Week 11: Housing Futures & Climate Emergency


  • Essay - 2000 words (100%)

Key Readings

  • Atkinson, R. and Jacobs, K. (2016) House, Home and Society. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Lowe, S. (2011) The Housing Debate. Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Madden, D. and Marcuse, P. (2016) In Defense of Housing. London: Verso.

Skills Badging

USP Specialist Skills - Through workshops and the assignment students are required to develop strategic and critical thinking and to evaluate housing theory and policy.

Analytical & Problem Solving Skills - Through workshops and the assignment students are required to reflect critically on housing policy and systems and how they might be improved.

Written Communication Skills - Students are required to produce an essay on a contemporary housing issue and engage with both theoretical and policy debates necessitating the engagement with, and articulation of, complex theories and urban processes.

Before you start...

Students can consult various housing journals such as Housing Studies; Housing, Theory and Society; and the International Journal of Housing Policy. Also of use are Inside Housing and the Guardian Housing pages (

CIH LogoThis module has been validated by The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and counts as credit towards Chartered membership (CIHCM).