PLAN3002W Int. Housing Policy & Planning

Academic Year 2024/2025

Housing has multiple meanings. It provides shelter for individuals and families and thus affects their well-being. As a commodity and increasingly, as a financial asset, it is also an important site of capital accumulation and a source of socio-spatial inequalities. Therefore, there is a considerable pressure for government authorities to ensure access to adequate, affordable housing.
This module provides students with a critical introduction of theories and methodological tools to understand housing and housing policies. It situates the housing question within the boarder parameters of political economy and urban sociology. Drawing upon examples from different countries, it will discuss some of most pressing housing-related issues such as (un)affordability, financialisation, homelessness, displacements, socio-spatial differentiation, segregation, gentrification and so on.
Through debates surrounding these issues, the module aims to unravel the complexities of housing problems and question the complicity of some policies and planning practices in these problems. It invites critical reflection on how housing policies and planning interventions can be redesigned for just housing futures.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

• Understand different ways of conceptualizing housing and the implications for policies and planning.
• Distinguish and evaluate various approaches to housing policies.
• Recognize how housing issues are influenced by and affect broader processes and dynamics.
• Demonstrate a critical understanding of the debates surrounding selected housing-related issues.
• Utilize concepts, theories, and methods introduced in class to assess and develop housing policies and planning interventions.
• Develop a normative perspective on housing and identify pathways towards just housing futures.
• Acquire skills in critical literature review and qualitative interviews.

Indicative Module Content:

• approaches to housing and housing policies
• housing regimes
• housing provision
• housing behaviours
• neighborhood
• social mix
• housing exclusion
• gentrification
• homelessness
• housing justice

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
- reading and critiquing academic and non-academic literature;
- conducting a small group research project and presenting findings on assigned topics in both oral and written forms;
- attending lectures and engaging in in-class discussions and other activities;

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Exclusions:

This module is delivered overseas and is not available to students based at the UCD Belfield or UCD Blackrock campuses.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered

Not yet recorded.

Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Ongoing feedback will be provided to students through the semester on both group and individual assignments.

Name Role
Dr Yunpeng Zhang Lecturer / Co-Lecturer