Housing Markets, Policy and Planning

Subject ABPL90281 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 x 2 hour lecture per week; 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 Hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Urban planning and property development 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


Ms Claire Darling


Email: c.merlo@unimelb.edu.au

The Eastern Precinct (building 138)
(between Doug McDonell building and Eastern Resource Centre)

Current Student: http://ask.unimelb.edu.au/
Web: http://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. The contribution of housing and planning for housing to the urban forms of Australia's cities.
  3. Why the housing market fails certain groups.
  4. Low-income housing policy (e.g. social housing).

The subject includes both market and equity considerations.

Learning Outcomes:

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, property developers and civil society in housing outcomes. On a case study basis and, if possible, the subject also intends to familiarise the student with participatory decision-making in housing.

  1. A 2000 word written assignment, due Week 7, 40%.
  2. A 3000 word written assignment, due two weeks after last class, 60%.
Prescribed Texts: None
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.
  • The contribution of housing to the urban form of Australia's 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: 200 point Master of Property
300 point Master of Property
Melbourne School of Design multidisciplinary elective subjects

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