Housing, Markets, Policy and Planning

Subject ABPL90281 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 x 2 hour lecture per week; 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Urban Planning in Australia

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


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.


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 Design (Urban Design)
Master of Property
Master of Property
Master of Urban Design
Master of Urban Planning
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Melbourne School of Design multidisciplinary elective subjects (without prerequisites)

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