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Housing Markets, Policy and Planning (ABPL90281)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90281
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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.

Intended 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.

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.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Urban planning and property development in Australia.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • A 2000 word written assignment, due Week 7, 40%.
  • A 3000 word written assignment, due two weeks after last class, 60%.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorJohn Stone
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours1 x 2 hour lecture per week; 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

    Subject Coordinator

    Nicholas Phelps


    Mike Collins


Time commitment details

170 Hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 13 August 2019