This module provides an account of the principles and the development of housing policies in the UK from the nineteenth century to the present day. The module assesses government, voluntary and private sector responses to housing the population. There is an exploration of the meaning of home, the purposes of housing policy and the conceptualisation of housing need. The impacts of housing policy are examined, including its human consequences (eg crime and homelessness); the experiences of particular population groups (eg in terms of class, ¿race¿, ethnicity, gender, disability and age); and geo-economic outcomes (eg protection of the environment, land use and urban planning).
This module provides students with an introduction to the ways in which welfare state and social policy developments can be studied using cross-national and global comparative approaches. Students will learn about the theoretical perspectives which have been developed to help interpret changes to welfare state systems and policy provisions across different countries, and the methodological challenges posed by comparative approaches. The module will provide examples of comparative studies looking at areas such as informal care, family-friendly policies and social security provisions, as they relate to different social groups.