Course Title: Housing Policy

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Housing Policy

Credit Points: 12


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 2 2013,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Andrew Butt

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3351

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 11

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, public policy and human services fields.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Describe the broad tenure arrangements of the Australian housing system
  • Identify key social and economic factors shaping the provision of housing in Australian urban development
  • Analyse the social and economic features of some contemporary housing issues
  • Engage with contemporary housing policy debates
  • Recognise connections between housing market processes and professional practices 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will engage in a range of learning experiences that will develop your understanding of the concepts associated with housing policy:

  • Reading and researching literature on housing issues and policy
  • Attending lectures
  • Participating in class discussions based on lectures and readings
  • Completing written assessment tasks

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be expected to use library and electronic resources and other appropriate resources so that you can read relevant housing studies literature, particularly in relation to key features of the Australian housing system of provision and contemporary housing issues. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

The assessments in this course are designed for you to:

  • Develop your capacity to research and analyse concepts that are central to understanding the Australian housing system of provision
  • Prepare papers that evaluate your capacity to communicate your comprehension and understanding of the issues covered in the course

Assessment types may include tutorial papers, research papers and essays.