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TCP2005 : Houses and Homes

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Rose Gilroy
  • Lecturer: Dr Raymond Abdulai, Mr Aidan Oswell
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module focuses on UK housing policy. It charts the evolution of policy and practice from the cross-party consensus at end of World War 2 through to what might be described as the new consensus on owner occupation. It considers how global shifts such as the subprime crisis in the US and climate emergency impact on our housing. It explores the housing issues that beset politicians and practitioners: affordability, dealing with homelessness, the health implications of poor housing, the role of planning and the need for aspirational standards.

The aims are
1) To give you a grounding in the evolution of UK housing policy and the differential impact of these on different societal groups
2) To provide an appreciation of the dynamic and intensely political nature of housing policy and practice in the UK
3) To interpret data and consider how it is used in policy making

Outline Of Syllabus

Understanding housing and home; early policy directions; planning for housing; viability, the sub- prime crisis, affordability, precarity, black lives matter and housing, homelessness; housing in later life; housing standards; building better; housing and health; housing futures.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials600:3030:00Pre-recorded podcast teaching material for students to work through in their own time
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion771:0077:00Reading and research focused on assignments. Group work for ass 1, individual work for ass 2.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00inputs from colleagues and practitioners
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00sessions to explore in more detail aspects of the podcast material
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading160:0060:00Reading as set out on the Canvas site and course handbook
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops51:005:00whole class debates. Providing opportunities to develop confidence in developing verbal arguments
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Rich online content in the form of short panopto/podcasts allows students access to learning content in their own time at their own pace. This is supported by additional film content and recommended reading all on Canvas. In class time is used for more intensive exploration, inputs from practitioners and debates with other students to promote building argument and skill development. These activities can be switched to online interaction if necessary

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M50Individual report 2,500 words
Design/Creative proj1M50group work to create a PowerPoint, submitted through Canvas and NOT presented
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assignment one is a group PowerPoint that develops team work and skills in negotiation and decision making which are key skills for planners and place makers. Also tests ability to succinctly deliver a reasoned argument in a visually attractive way.

Assignment 2 develops a key skill in report writing and tests ability to deliver a reasoned response to an issue and write well evidenced recommendation.

Reading Lists