Postgraduate

Modules

Modules

TCP8954 : Housing and Settlements

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

"To explore the relationship between planning, settlements and housing development
To identify the reasons for the lack of affordable housing in developing cities
To highlight the role of informal development in provision of affordable housing
To explore approaches to pro-poor settlement upgrading and relocation
To introduce the student to sound settlement planning or upgrading approaches

One of the most pressing problems facing developing cities in the global south are those brought about by rapidly increased demand for affordable housing, failure of the housing supply systems and resulting sprawling informal settlements. There are between 100 million and one billion people classed as homeless in the world, a vast number of whom as a result of their abjectly inadequate housing. However, despite the international pressure to address the problem of inadequate housing, governments seem unable to either stimulate affordable housing supply at scale or improve existing informal housing. This module explores the role of planning in supporting the development and improvement of housing, especially for low income groups.
Students demonstrate learning through a major project to develop a strategy for either settlement upgrading or housing development for low income households, or the production of a draft housing policy for their own country or a country of their choice in the global South.

To explore the relationship between planning, settlements and housing development
To identify the reasons for the lack of affordable housing in developing cities
To highlight the role of informal development in provision of affordable housing
To explore approaches to pro-poor settlement upgrading and relocation
To introduce the student to sound settlement planning or upgrading approaches

One of the most pressing problems facing developing cities in the global south are those brought about by rapidly increased demand for affordable housing, failure of the housing supply systems and resulting sprawling informal settlements. There are between 100 million and one billion people classed as homeless in the world, a vast number of whom as a result of their abjectly inadequate housing. However, despite the international pressure to address the problem of inadequate housing, governments seem unable to either stimulate affordable housing supply at scale or improve existing informal housing. This module explores the role of planning in supporting the development and improvement of housing, especially for low income groups.
Students demonstrate learning through a major project to develop a strategy for either settlement upgrading or housing development for low income households, or the production of a draft housing policy for their own country or a country of their choice in the global South.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to module: What is housing?
Regulatory frameworks and governance of housing
Housing markets in developing countries. Landlords and renters
Building materials and the construction industry
Tenure and the informal-formal continuum
Housing and Economy. Housing as productive / economic process
Adequate housing and homelessness
Infrastructure
Settlement upgrading
Transformations and adaptations of housing
The future of housing

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Combination of lectures, tutorials and group discussion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical11:001:00Project related supervision
Guided Independent StudyProject work130:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00N/A
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce students to the key concepts and knowledge of housing and settlements. These are followed by tutorials to help students prepare their assignments. Group learning session support project work.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2A100A critical evaluation of the housing situation in a student’s home country or in a developing country of their choice 2,500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This assessment seeks to test the student’s knowledge and understanding of the role of planning in addressing housing and infrastructure needs, especially in informal settlements. It establishes students understanding of pro-poor upgrading processes. It also assesses ability to estimate affordability levels and estimate shortfall and predict future need.

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