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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Housing Policy
Module Code LG5069A
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Valesca Lima
Semester 2: Deiric O'Broin
Autumn: Deiric O'Broin
Module TeachersDeiric O'Broin
Valesca Lima
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This course provides an introduction to topics in Housing Policy in Ireland and internationally. While focused on Irish housing policy and its evolution and developments, this module also focuses substantive knowledge, theory and policy trends on housing issues worldwide, such as housing crisis, financialisation, affordability, housing rights and policy strategies at the local, national and international level. In this way, drawing from a diversity of policy examples, this module critically explores how housing production has changed overtime to reflect contemporary urban challenges, debates, dilemmas and conflicts in housing systems and policy processes. More importantly, it is expected that students in this course will at the end acquire skills and capabilities to identify key housing developments, develop critical policy skills and learn to assess potential policy solutions to housing problems.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify and apply knowledge the key elements of housing policy development
2. Analyze the factors that shape the current state of housing policy and housing provision environment
3. Assess, anticipate and identify, the possible positive and negative implications of housing approaches
4. Explore the role of different actors (e.g. politicians, national and international organisations, civil society, social movements) in the housing policy process

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture12Weekly classes over 12 weeks.
Seminars12Weekly discussion seminars, over 11 weeks, led by lecturer. Largely facilitated group - discussion and analysis.
Assignment Completion22Independent reading and completion of weekly assignment.
Assignment Completion24Undertaken on an individual basis, requiring independent reading, and completion of written work.
Directed learning180Preparatory reading
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentE-Portfolio, Book review90%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • David Clapham: 2018, Remaking Housing Policy, Routledge, NY, 9781138193956
  • Brian Lund: 2017, Understanding Housing Policy, 1st, Policy Press, London, 978144733044
Other Resources

59045, Report, Irish Human Rights and Equality Comission, 2021, Monitoring Adequate Housing in Ireland, Dublin, https://www.ihrec.ie/documents/monitoring-adequate-housing-in-ireland/, 59046, Report, Housing Europe, 2021, The state of Housing in Europe in 2021 - Next Generation neighborhoods must factor in climate without pricing out people, Brussels, https://www.housingeurope.eu/resource-1540/the-state-of-housing-in-europe-in-2021,
Programme or List of Programmes
MELPMaster of Arts in European Law & Policy
MPPMSc in Public Policy

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