KE6026 - Housing, Space and Society

What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the built environment of residential areas, housing policy and, especially, the relationship between housing and society. The module is firmly rooted within the contemporary paradigms of social geographical study and current debate. You will explore the role of ideological, social, economic and political influences on the evolution of the housing system in the UK and their influences upon residential environments. Students will analyse the relationships between housing developments and other socio-geographical phenomena, evaluate the role of housing and the housing system in the UK's social and spatial structures, and assess the merit of contrasting theories and interpretations of aspects of housing.
You will study the historical development of the housing system and its implications for the contemporary housing system and the evolution of local residential environments, before going on to look at housing outcomes and housing policies in relation to selected current issues.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, seminars, workshops, guest speakers and local field study visits. Your directed and independent study will be facilitated through your engagement with a range of supporting learning materials, guided by the e-reading list. This will enable you to consolidate your knowledge and understanding.

Lectures will be used to introduce you to and develop key theories, concepts and policies. This learning will be further developed through your involvement in discussions in seminars and workshops. Field study visits and guest speakers will then allow you to engage in the application of your learning to the real world.

Timely formative feedback, from tutors and peers, throughout your interactions with the learning process will strengthen your understanding in preparation for the completion of the assessment.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Academic support for your learning will take place both within the formal teaching environment and outside of it. Within the scheduled teaching tutor and peer feedback will occur during discussions in the interactive, question driven lectures and workshops. This exposure to discussion and debates around the key concepts will develop and test your understanding. This understanding will then be applied to the assessment..

The scheduled study visits allow you to apply your understanding to local residential areas further testing your understanding within the context of application to the real world.

The eLP provides you with immediate access to learning materials, links and signposts to additional materials and opportunities for you to post questions to your tutors and peers.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• MLO1: You will critically discuss the different theories and interpretations of housing phenomena.
• MLO2: You will critically evaluate the role of housing and the housing system in the creation of the residential built environment.
• MLO3: You will critically analyse the relationship between housing and residential, spatial outcomes for different groups.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MLO4: You will critically apply relevant theories and concepts.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• MLO5: You will demonstrate independent evidence based thinking.

How will I be assessed?

Formative feedback: interactive workshops, visits and guest speakers will provide opportunities to test your learning. Through debate and discussion there will be opportunities for formative feedback from peers and tutors allowing you to reflect on your knowledge and understanding prior to the summative assessment.

Summative assessment: This module has one assessment.

The assessment (accounting for 100% of the module mark) is a take-home exam paper; students will be required to select questions from two sections, testing across the module outcomes.





Module abstract

The module aims to enable students to develop a wide ranging view of housing issues of relevance to contemporary society. You will explore the different influences that have shaped the housing systems and local residential environments, before going on to consider housing outcomes and policies in relation to current issues. Learning is delivered through lectures, workshops, visits and guest speakers, facilitating the application of theoretical and contextual understanding to real world application. Assessment is by a take away exam paper, supported by programme and module specific approaches to research rich learning. As well as learning about housing as a real world issue, and an area of policy and professional practice, the learning and assessment strategies will assist in developing skills of self-management and the ability to think independently and communicate effectively – supporting your transition into employment.

Course info

UCAS Code L700

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Geography and Environmental Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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