Housing, Markets, Policy and Planning

Subject ABPL90281 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1x2 hour lecture per week; 1x1 hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None specified
Corequisites: None specified
Recommended Background Knowledge: Urban Planning in Australia
Non Allowed Subjects: None specified
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Prof Richard Tomlinson


Environments and Design Student Centre
Ground Floor, Baldwin Spencer (building 113)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)
Website: http://www.msd.unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview: The subject concerns housing in Australia. This subject has four components:
  1. The operation of the housing market: how the housing market works; supply, demand, role of property developers and the role of banks.
  2. Why the operations of the housing market give rise to the present urban form.
  3. Why the housing market fails certain groups; why are certain groups poorly served by the housing market.
  4. Low-income housing policy (e.g. social housing).

The subject includes both market and equity considerations.
Objectives: This subject aims to develop a working knowledge of the housing market in Australia, housing policy for those poorly served by the market, and the role of planning in participating in housing delivery. On a case study basis and, if possible, the subject also intends to familiarise the student with participatory decision-making in housing.
  • 1 x 2,000 word written assignment, 40% - (week 7).
  • 1 x 3,000 word written assignment, 50% (end of semester).
  • 1 x class presentation (10%). Presentations will run throughout semester (starting in week 4).
Prescribed Texts: None specified
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Written and verbal communication.
  • Understanding of the operation of housing markets in Australia.
  • Understanding the forces governing the urban form of the cities.
  • Applied understanding of low income housing policy and planning.
Related Course(s): Master of Property
Master of Property
Master of Urban Planning

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