SA4C6      Half Unit
International Housing and Human Settlements; Conflicts and Communities

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Anne Power OLDM2.21


This course is available on the MSc in City Design and Social Science, MSc in Regional And Urban Planning Studies, MSc in Social Policy (European and Comparative Social Policy), MSc in Social Policy (Research), MSc in Social Policy (Social Policy and Planning), MSc in Social Policy and Development, MSc in Social Policy and Development: Non-Governmental Organisations and MSc in Urbanisation and Development. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

The course is an introduction to topical issues in housing and human settlements in the context in rapidly growing cities worldwide. It is divided into four parts: urban changes, structures of housing provision, new actors in housing and settlement, and the future of housing. The course includes twelve lectures starting in LT and ending in ST. The main topics of the lectures are: urban growth and its impact on housing needs and demand; contrasting patterns of housing development; owner occupation, renting and self-help; government intervention and finance; planning and renewal; international agencies and aid; bottom-up shelter models and community-led initiatives; social exclusion and urban pressures; basic services and public infrastructure; participation and women's roles in low income settlements; the roles of Non-Government Organisations; environment of cities; urban and housing design: theories and practice of urban settlements. Case studies are used to illustrate arguments, policies and delivery.


10 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the LT. 4 hours of lectures and 6 hours of seminars in the ST.

Indicative reading

UN (1996), An Urbanising World; BC Aldrich (1995), Housing the Urban Poor; A Power (1999), Estates on the Edge; Badshah (2006), Our Urban Future; D Satterthwaite (1999), Sustainable Cities; UNCHS 2001, The State of the World's Cities;. Doug Saunders, Arrival City (2010) Ed Glaeser, Triumph of the City (2012) UNCHS The state of the world’s cities (2012/13)


Exam (75%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (25%, 2000 words) in the ST.

Student performance results

(2009/10 - 2011/12 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 1.5
Merit 77.9
Pass 20.6
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2012/13: 20

Average class size 2012/13: 20

Value: Half Unit

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Course survey results

(2010/11 - 2012/13 combined)

1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 76.5%



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