Course Title: Housing Policy

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Housing Policy

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2019


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Iris Levin

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 2230

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B008 F08 Reception

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course focuses on the Australian market-based system of housing provision. It is a system featuring a high rate of home ownership, a large dynamic private rental market, a small residualised and stigmatised public housing system and a small emergent community housing sector. The course examines key contemporary issues such as change in access to owner occupation, increased levels of housing stress in the private rental market, shortages of public housing and increasing levels of homelessness and their policy contexts. You will be encouraged in discussions and in assessable work to make connections between the study of housing in this course and professional work in the planning, environmental policy, public policy, property and human services fields. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to: 

  1. Describe and analyse the broad tenure arrangements of the Australian housing system. 
  2. Identify key social and economic factors shaping the provision of housing in Australian urban development. 
  3. Analyse the social and economic features of some contemporary housing issues. 
  4. Engage with contemporary housing policy debates and trends. 
  5. Recognise connections between housing market processes and professional practices in a variety of fields. 

Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts in this course will be developed through lectures and tutorials/online discussions/practicals, all of which will be supported by online learning tools. The lectures will build your knowledge in the area of housing policy while the tutorials/online discussions will enable you to participate in interactive discussions about these topics. The tutorials/online discussions are supported by readings that you are expected to critically engage with. In addition to the readings, you are encouraged to draw upon your own experiences within the topics under consideration. The practical sessions will provide additional experience in the manipulation and interpretation of spatial and social data.  

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and RMIT library resources. 

You will be expected to utilise library and electronic resources (as well as any other appropriate resources) to engage in the reading of academic literature. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Recommended learning resources for each topic will mostly include journal articles and web resources but you will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. 

Assessment Tasks: 

  1. Housing History and Reflection Task (25% Linked to CLOs 1, 2 and 4)
  2. Housing Policy Analysis Task (35% Linked to CLOs 2, 3 and 4)
  3. Critical Analysis of Housing Policy Task (40% Linked to CLOs 2, 3, 4 and 5) 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program manager or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.