Housing Policy and Assistance (PLAN9072)


This unit focuses on emerging issues associated with the role of governments in housing, particularly the provision of housing assistance. The field of housing policy studies is extensive with a strong interdisciplinary base that provides a variety of theoretical and practical perspectives on housing issues facing professional housing workers, planners and architects working in Australia or abroad. The unit includes a comparative and historical perspective to increase awareness of differences in housing markets and housing needs, and to promote discussion of alternative approaches to housing policy. The unit will analyse the drivers, objectives and impacts of recent housing policy initiatives. Students will gain a comparative perspective on housing policy approaches using European and regional examples; and learn to analyse housing assistance needs and measures, including approaches for particular groups - for example housing for indigenous people and communities, housing models for people with support needs. The anticipated outcomes of the unit are to provide a conceptual framework for understanding the rationale for, and scope of, government intervention in housing; and to develop skills in developing and implementing policies that assist lower income earners and those with particular needs to access appropriate and affordable housing.

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4 day intensive (9am-5pm)


Assignment 1 (40%); assignment 2 (presentation) (10%); assignment 3 (50%)

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