Housing and Communities


This module introduces students to the importance of housing as an aspect of both welfare states and markets and as a key resource for communities. Through a broad consideration of housing as a state, market and community good we will consider how and why housing policy has developed, which actors are involved, including market and non-profit sector actors, and how government attempts to shape and regulate an increasingly complex housing system.

This module has a strong emphasis on research based case studies and understanding practical interventions intended to address housing needs such as youth homelessness in Birmingham, house purchase by first time buyers after the Global Financial Crisis, self-help housing, meeting housing support needs of vulnerable groups and providing access to jobs and affordable credit for social housing residents. These case studies will be regularly updated based on current research in the Housing and Communities Research Group.


  • Essay 1 : Coursework 
  • Essay 2 : Coursework