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TCP2005 : Houses and Homes

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Rose Gilroy
  • 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 post 2nd World War Consensus through to what could be called the new consensus that we all should aspire and be supported to be home owners. It considers how global issues such as the subprime crisis in the US and climate emergency impact on British housing. It explores affordability, housing experienced by older and younger people and explores the role of planning in contributing solutions and problems.
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, housing elites; housing in the north east; affordability, 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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00Week 1 PiP introduction to the module and ways of working. Tour of Canvas materials
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials500:3025:00Pre-recorded podcast teaching material for students to work through in their own time
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:00Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 & 12 PiP whole class debates. Providing opportunities to develop confidence in
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion190:0090:00Reading and research focused on assignments. Group work for ass 1, individual work for ass 2.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading152:0052:00Reading as set out on the Canvas site and course handbook
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops42:008:00In weeks 3, 5, 7 & 9. Class based activities involving more hands on work on working out viability,
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery111:0011:00Drop ins to support student learning
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.. Opportunities for online chat with the module leader to build confidence in handling the material. In class time is used for inter active work with other students to promote developing 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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation151M50Group assignment to create a Powerpoint slide pack that is NOT orally presented
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M50Individual report 2,500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assignment one is group work 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