Modules for course X315 | BA/CYSS
BA Childhood and Youth Studies and Sociology

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Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • SXU-1003: Understanding Society (20)
    This module introduces students to Sociology. The module runs over two semesters giving students a comprehensive sociological foundation to some of the key sociological issues and debates. The module introduces following aspects of social sciences: Semester 1 The nature of social sciences and relations between key disciplines and methods (2 weeks). Interaction and communication (2 weeks) Life course and the family (2 weeks) Gender and socialisation (2 weeks) Culture and media (2 weeks) Semester 2 Social stratification, Education and work (2 weeks) Organisations and institutions (2 weeks) The environment, urbanisation (2 weeks) Political Sociology and social movements (2 weeks) Globalisation (2 weeks)
    or
    SCS-1004: Cymdeithaseg a'r Byd Cyfoes (20)
    Ceir cyflwyniad i'r prif theorïau cymdeithasegol, gan ganolbwyntio ar bersbectifau ffwythiannaeth a theori gwrthdaro. Edrychir ar waith Emile Durkheim a Karl Marx a'u gwaith arloesol mewn ffurfio theorïau cymdeithasegol cynnar. Yna edrychir ar sefydliadau cymdeithasol yn y gymdeithas gyfoes, gan gymhwyso'r theorïau a'r persbectifau at ddadansoddi sefydliadau fel y teulu, addysg, gwaith a dosbarth cymdeithasol.
  • XAE-1026: Skills for Learning & Work (20)
    The module will explore a range of learning theories, including the intelligence theories of Gardner, Salovey, Mayer and others; and how these relate to the students’ personal learning styles. It will: • develop the students’ skills in context of reading and note-taking strategies; • summarizing, referencing and the effective use of online library services; • develop theoretical and reflective writing skills including reviewing, critiquing and evaluating texts. • provide opportunities for students to develop confidence in oral communication through presentations in seminars with peers; • investigate the effect of motivation on learning and help students to develop a critical awareness of their own learning and motivation and evaluate their learning experiences, successes and challenges. The module will link into the students’ Personal Development Plan.
    or
    XAC-1026: Sgiliau ar gyfer Dysgu a Gwait (20)
    Bydd y modiwl yn ymchwilio i ystod o ddamcaniaethau dysgu, gan gynnwys damcaniaethau deallusrwydd Gardner, Salovey, Mayer ac eraill; a sut mae’r rhain yn berthnasol i arddulliau dysgu personol y myfyrwyr. Bydd cynnwys y modiwl yn cysylltu â’ch Cynllun Datblygu Personol Bydd: • yn datblygu sgiliau’r myfyrwyr yng nghyd-destun strategaethau darllen a gwneud nodiadau; • Crynhoi, cyfeirio, a’r defnydd effeithiol o wasanaethau llyfrgell ar-lein; • yn datblygu sgiliau ysgrifennu theoretig ac adfyfyriol yn cynnwys adolygu, beirniadu a gwerthuso testunau. • Yn rhoi cyfleoedd i fyfyrwyr ddatblygu hyder mewn cyfathrebu llafar trwy gyflwyniadau mewn seminarau gyda’u cyfoedion; • Yn ymchwilio i effaith cymhelliant ar ddysgu a helpu myfyrwyr i ddatblygu ymwybyddiaeth feirniadol o’u dysgu a'u cymhelliant eu hunain a gwerthuso eu profiadau dysgu, eu llwyddiannau a'u sialensiau.
  • XAE-1035: Children and Society (20) or
    XAC-1035: Plant a Chymdeithas (20)

Semester 2

  • XAE-1033: Adventures in Growing Up (20)
    The module begins with a general exploration of the child’s development from birth to the early years. There is an emphasis on: • the importance of the individual’s environment, the chemical environment of the genes in the womb and a focus on the social environment during the early years; • theories regarding the physical and cognitive development of the individual, in particular the impact of the child’s environmental experiences on cognitive development; • social interactions on the psycho-social development of the individual; • the effect that a lack of understanding of the social world or lack of social experiences has on a child’s development; • observing young children’s interactions and investigating the influence of adults and peers on the psycho-social development of young children through case studies and through practical explorations and observations in a relevant settings. CRB Check compulsory to enable you to follow this module.
    or
    XAC-1033: Anturiaethau wrth Dyfu (20)
    Mae’r modiwl yn dechrau trwy ymchwilio’n gyffredinol i ddatblygiad y plentyn o’i eni hyd at y blynyddoedd cynnar. Ceir pwyslais ar: • Bwysigrwydd amgylchedd yr unigolyn, amgylchedd cemegol y genynnau yn y groth ac ar yr amgylchedd cymdeithasol yn ystod y blynyddoedd cynnar; • Damcaniaethau ynghylch datblygiad corfforol a gwybyddol yr unigolyn, yn enwedig effaith profiadau amgylcheddol y plentyn ar ei ddatblygiad gwybyddol; • Dylanwad rhyngweithiadau cymdeithasol ar ddatblygiad seico-gymdeithasol yr unigolyn; • Effaith diffyg dealltwriaeth o’r byd cymdeithasol neu ddiffyg profiadau cymdeithasol ar ddatblygiad plentyn; • Gwylio rhyngweithiadau plant ifanc ac ymchwilio i ddylanwad oedolion a chyfoedion ar ddatblygiad seico-gymdeithasol plant ifanc trwy astudiaethau achos a thrwy ymchwilio ac arsyllu'n ymarferol mewn lleoliadau perthnasol.

Optional Modules

40 credits from:

  • HPS-1001: From Cradle to Grave (20) (Semester 2) or
    HAC-1001: Y Wladwriaeth Les (20) (Semester 2)
  • HPS-1002: Power, Freedom & the State (20) (Semester 2)
  • HPS-1004: Death of God (20) (Semester 2)
  • HPS-1005: Existentialism (20) (Semester 1)
  • SXY-1005: Introduction to Criminology (20) (Semester 2)
    This module is intended to provide Level One students with a thorough familiarity with the major ways of thinking about crime, with reference to some of the main theoretical perspectives within criminology. This module provides an introduction to criminological thought, ranging from classical to strain theories of crime. Theoretical perspectives have been developed in an attempt to explain why people commit crime, and the history of thought on this question will be examined. The module considers the shifting definitions of crime over time and space, and explores the ways in which society responds to crime and criminals. Empirical concerns are likely to include the role of the media in crime construction, the use and abuse of drugs, the experiences of victims of crime and attitudes towards white-collar and organised crime.
    or
    SCY-1004: Cyflwyniad i Droseddeg (20) (Semester 2)
    Mae'r fodiwl yn eich cyflwyno at faes trosedd a chyfiawnder troseddol. Trafodir theorïau a themau allweddol a ddefnyddir i egluro ymddygiad droseddol sy'n cynnwys esboniadau clasurol i'r rhai mwyaf cyfoes; y mesurau a ddatblygwyd i atal trosedd, ynghyd â gorolwg o'r system gyfiawnder troseddol sy'n cynnwys prif asiantaethau cyfiawnder troseddol, datblygiad hanesyddol, strwythur ac atebolrwydd y system.
  • HPS-1006: Ess. Skills for Ac. Success (20) (Semester 1) or
    HAC-1006: Ess. Skills for Ac. Success (20) (Semester 1)
  • SXY-1007: Intro to Criminal Justice (20) (Semester 1)
    Part One of this module is intended to provide Level One students with a sound understanding of the ways in which in England and Wales, crime comes to the attention of the authorities, how crime is measured and investigated, how accused persons are brought to trial, and those who are convicted are sentenced and punished. This module takes an historical view of criminal law, the police, the criminal courts and the prision system, examining the significant social, economic, and philosophical changes that have helped to shape the modern criminal justice and penal systems. It examines the functions of the criminal justice agencies, explores some of the predominant ideas and theories about how the system operates and raises critical questions about the ways in which criminal justice is done and punishment is delivered. In Part Two the aim is to provide students with a thorough familiarity of major ways of thinking about crime, with reference to some of the main theoretical perspectives within criminology. This module provides an introduction to a range of criminological thought. Theoretical perspectives have been developed in an attempt to explain why people commit crime, and the history of thought on this question will be examined. The module considers the shifting definitions of crime and to offenders. Empirical concerns are likely to include to role of the media in crime construction, the use and abuse of drugs, the experiences of victims of crime and attitudes towards white-collar and organised crime.
    or
    SCY-1002: Cyflwyniad i Gyf Troseddol (20) (Semester 1)
    Cyflwyniad i'r modd yr ymchwilir i drosedd yn Lloegr a Chymru, triniaeth y sawl sydd wedi eu cyhuddo ac ar brawf, yr euogfarnedig a systemau cosb. Edrychir yn hanesyddol ar wreiddiau cyfraith troseddol, llysoedd a'r carchar ynghyd â sut mae newid economaidd, athronyddol a chymdeithasol wedi siapio'r system gyfiawnder a chosb. Trafodir swyddogaethau'r asiantaethau cyfiawnder troseddol, prif syniadau a theoriau ar weithredu'r systemau, a chwestiynir yn feirnadol y modd y trosglwyddir cyfiawnder a chosb.

Year 2 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • SXS-2035: Classical Social Theory (20)
    The module introduces the classic contributions of Marx, Tocqueville, Tonnies, Weber, Durkheim and Simmel and the development of their thinking concerning modernity, capitalism, rationalisation and bureaucracy, and the question of moral and social order. The module then considers how the classic tradition has been transformed and new paths have been pursued in the contexts of Parsons' 'system theory', symbolic interactionism, critical theory and feminist social theory.

Semester 2

  • SXS-2011: Identity & Diversity (20)
    The structure of the module covers following topics: 1. The nature of social diversity and identies. 2. The scope of social inequalities in the global, national and local contexts; 3. the class and economic inequalities; 4. Gender inequalities and sexualities; 5. Race and ethnicities; 6. Nationality; 7. Consumer culture and subcultures 8. New types of inequalities in global age.

Optional Modules

20 credits from:

  • SXU-2002: Cont. Social and Political Deb (20) (Semester 1)
    There will be no set curriculum - rather this will emerge each time the module is taught depending on staff and student interests. The approach adopted will be to devote the first workshop to identifying themes and issues to be addressed, and to draw up the curriculum for that academic session in collaboration between staff and students. The workshop style of teaching and learning will allow emerging issues and contemporary debates to be addressed. Possible topics to be covered: Should drugs be legalised? Social control and the media Thinking critically about criminology Should there be a sociology of the environment? Exploring disaster capitalism Girls will be girls and boys will be boys – debunking the myth of gender. Exploring the relationship between inequality and capitalism Radicalisation, immigration, identity and racism. The Arab Spring Riots and civil liberties Thinking beyond the norm – the rationalization of ‘them’ and ‘us’
  • SXY-2004: Crime & the Media (20) (Semester 2)
    Media stories on crime and law are numerous. They form an object of inexhaustible interest to audiences. Many people learn about crime and law from the media, especially from newspapers, books and films. Media portrayals often contributed decisively to changes in public opinion and politics. Also, deviant behaviour can be influenced by media. Media construct deviance (e.g. by identifying `folk devils`), but media also offer cultural templates for people involved in deviant activities. The class deals with the cultural and political significance of media portrayals of crime and law. Students learn about economic, political, legal and other backgrounds. Major narratives employed by the media will be identified. The standard patterns of telling and other technical means of the media are analysed. The audience's reaction to media portrayals and its use of media also form a topic for the class.
  • HPS-2008: Sociology of Religion (20) (Semester 2)
  • SXP-2010: World Poverty and Inequality (20) (Semester 2)
    This module will examine the explanations for, and the experience of, poverty in the UK and in comparative perspective. It will aim to address the following aspects: 1. Defining poverty – how is poverty defined? What is social exclusion? How important is inequality? 2. Explaining poverty - how has the persistence of poverty been explained? This will look particularly at ‘pathological’ explanations involving a ‘culture of poverty’ or the existence of an ‘underclass’ 3. The risk of poverty – who is most at risk of being poor, and what are the possible consequences? 4. Experiencing poverty - what does it mean to be poor in the UK today? 5. Dimensions of poverty - what are the various dimensions of poverty, including income, wealth, health, education and housing. 6. International issues – can we ‘make poverty history’? 7. Confronting poverty – what policies are most effective against poverty? Is poverty or inequality the real problem?
  • HPS-2011: Paradoxes of Self: Nietz./Jung (20) (Semester 1)
  • SXP-2050: Issues in Equality (20) (Semester 1)
    Workshop topics include: How to help young people who are not in education, employment or training needs (NEETS); Encouraging more men into in care related professions; How to create inclusive work places for transgender employees and understanding/tackling hate crime.
  • HGH-2138: Europe 1945-1992 (20) (Semester 1)
  • VPR-2301: 20th Century Phil of Religion (20) (Semester 2)
    The module begins by clarifying the state of the analytic philosophy of religion at the turn of the 20th century, reflecting upon its inheritance of 19th century ‘modernity’. This is contrasted with some concurrent developments in the continental tradition (German Romanticism, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche). This is the context from which, and into which, Wittgenstein speaks. We will cover the early, middle, and late eras of Wittgenstein’s thought, and show the revolutionary impact that his thought had for the philosophy of religion. We track the various directions in which Wittgenstein’s influence was felt; for example, in A. J. Ayer’s verificationism, or those overtly ‘Wittgensteinian’ philosophers of religion such as D. Z. Phillips. The ‘meta-philosophy of religion’ is introduced throughout, as we tackle the question of how best to philosophise about religion.

60 credits from:

  • XAE-2030: Inclusion & Learning Needs (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    The module will focus on; • promoting student reflective learning and critical thinking on inclusion of, and provision for, children and young people with ALN; • issues related to inclusive education, access issues, supporting families, legislation and supporting individuals in achieving their rights in education, services and society; • examining a case study related to a particular child or young person and evaluating the impact of support in light of other readings and research; • attending an SEN placement and keep a log book as a basis to critically analyse and reflect on the nature of the provision with regard to the statutory requirements; • identifying people’s responsibilities and the nature of roles in the setting and how the children and young people’s needs are met.
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    XAC-2030: Cynhwysiant ac Anghenion Dysgu (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Mae’r modiwl yn canolbwyntio ar y canlynol: • hyrwyddo dysgu adfyfyriol ymysg myfyrwyr ynghyd â meddwl yn feirniadol ynghylch cynhwysiant a darparu ar gyfer plant a phobl ifanc ag anghenion dysgu ychwanegol. • materion yn ymwneud ag addysg gynhwysol, materion mynediad, cefnogi teuluoedd, deddfwriaeth a chefnogi unigolion wrth iddynt ennill eu hawliau ym meysydd addysg, gwasanaethau a’r gymdeithas; • craffu ar astudiaeth achos sy'n ymwneud â phlentyn neu berson ifanc penodol a gwerthuso effaith cefnogaeth yng ngoleuni darlleniadau eraill ac ymchwil arall; • mynychu lleoliad AAA a chadw llyfr log fel sail ar gyfer dadansoddi ac adfyfyrio’n feirniadol ar natur y ddarpariaeth mewn perthynas â’r gofynion statudol; • canfod cyfrifoldebau pobl a natur swyddogaethau yn y lleoliad a sut y cyflawnir anghenion y plant a’r bobl ifanc.
  • XAE-2032: The Global Child (20) (Semester 2) or
    XAC-2032: Y Plentyn Byd-eang (20) (Semester 2)
  • XAE-2035: Children Literacy & Literature (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    The module will focus on a range of relevant topics on children’s literacy and literature, such as: • importance and value of arming children with literacy skills in the context of children’s literature; • defining a child’s early literacy and developmental literacy; • theories concerning the manner in which children’s literacy should be developed; • promotion of children’s early literacy by parents, Wales Basic Skills Programmes – Language & Play Programme, Fair Start Programme; Sure Start Scheme; Twf; Mudiad Ysgolion Meithrin (Nursery Schools Movement), Children’s Librarian; • practical workshop on how to compose a story, an informative book, or an anthology for children; evaluate how the use of the compositions contributes to children’s literacy, the analysis of a selection of significant literature; • writing/creating a story, a factual book and poetry for children, and analysing the characteristics of these forms; • evaluate how different practitioners promote children’s literacy skills and various methods, strategies and resources which maintain children’s interest in literacy and reading.
    or
    XAC-2035: Plant, Llythrennedd a Llen (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Bydd y modiwl yn canolbwyntio ar amrywiaeth o bynciau perthnasol yn ymwneud â llythrennedd a llenyddiaeth plant, megis: • pwysigrwydd a gwerth arfogi plant â sgiliau llythrennedd yng nghyd-destun llenyddiaeth plant; • diffinio llythrennedd cynnar plentyn a’u llythrennedd datblygol; • damcaniaethau ynghylch sut dylid datblygu llythrennedd plant; • sut y gall rhieni hyrwyddo llythrennedd cynnar plant, Rhaglenni Sgiliau Sylfaenol Cymru – Rhaglen Iaith a Chwarae, Rhaglen Dechrau’n Deg; Rhaglen Cychwyn Cadarn; Twf; Mudiad Ysgolion Meithrin, Llyfrgellydd Plant; • gweithdy ymarferol ar sut i gyfansoddi stori, llyfr gwybodaeth, neu flodeugerdd i blant; gwerthuso sut mae defnyddio’r cyfansoddiadau sy’n cyfrannu at lythrennedd plant, dadansoddi detholiad o lenyddiaeth arwyddocaol; • ysgrifennu/creu stori, llyfr ffeithiol a barddoniaeth i blant, a dadansoddi nodweddion y ffurfiau hyn; • gwerthuso sut mae ymarferwyr gwahanol yn hyrwyddo sgiliau llythrennedd plant a gwahanol ddulliau, strategaethau ac adnoddau sy’n cynnal diddordeb plant mewn llythrennedd a darllen.
  • XAE-2040: Psychopathology in Children (20) (Semester 1 + 2) or
    XAC-2040: Seicopatholeg Ymhlith Plant (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • XAE-2041: Adolescence (20) (Semester 2) or
    XAC-2041: Llencyndod (20) (Semester 2)

Year 3 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • SXS-3003: Theorizing Society & Politics (20)
    This module explores the origins, nature and significance of sociological theories and concepts developed in the 20th and 21st century. It examines the strengths and weaknesses of such approaches as critical theory (Adorno, Horkheimer, Marcuse et al) structuralism and neo-structuralism (Levi-Strauss, Foucault, Bourdieu), and feminist standpoint theory. It considers a range of theories which seek to address knowledge, power and subordination in terms of gender divisions and differences of class, race or sexuality. The module seeks to ask questions about the relationship between social theory, social action, sociological research and everyday life. This in turn encourages students to reflect on their own position as participants in social interaction.
  • SXS-3030: Globalisation & Social Change (20)
    Topics include: • theories of social change • demographical changes to the modern societies • debating and explaining globalisation • migration • capitalism and globalisation • politics, the state and globalisation • power and inequality in the global economy • globalisation movements • global culture

Optional Modules

60 credits from:

  • XAE-3008: Working with Vulnerable Famili (20) (Semester 2)
  • XAE-3009: Multilingual Childhood (20) (Semester 2)
  • XAE-3036: Identities in Childhood (20) (Semester 1) or
    XAC-3036: Hunaniaethau mewn Plentyndod (20) (Semester 1)
  • XAC-3037: Plant a Cham-drin Sylweddau (20) (Semester 2)
    Bydd y modiwl hwn yn dadansoddi’n bennaf yr agweddau cymdeithasegol ar ddibyniaeth ar sylweddau yng nghyd-destun y teulu, ond bydd hefyd yn gwneud defnydd ar theorïau seicolegol a biolegol er mwyn archwilio’r materion isod yn drylwyr: • Pam y mae pobl yn camddefnyddio sylweddau • Ysmygu, yfed a defnyddio cyffuriau yn ystod beichiogrwydd • Yr effeithiau ar blant bach a gaiff ysmygu gan rieni • Alcoholiaeth rhieni mewn perthynas â phlant • Alcoholiaeth rhieni yng nghyswllt y system ofal • Gofalwyr ifainc mewn perthynas â rhieni sy’n ddibynnol ar sylweddau • Tyfu’n blentyn i riant sy’n ddibynnol ar gyffuriau • Byw gyda brodyr a chwiorydd sy’n gaeth i sylweddau • Gofalu am blant sy’n camddefnyddio sylweddau • Defnydd ar sylweddau mewn perthynas â’r gyfundrefn gyfreithiol • Asiantaethau ac ymyriadau a all helpu
  • XAE-3037: Substance Abuse in Families (20) (Semester 1)
    This module will primarily analyse the sociological aspects of substance dependence in the family context but will also make use of psychological and biological theories to provide a thorough examination of: a. Why people abuse substances b. Pregnancy & smoking, drinking and drug use c. Effects of parental smoking on infants d. Parental alcoholism and the care system e. Young carers and substance dependent parents f. Growing up as a child of a drug-dependent parent g. Living with addicted siblings h. Caring for children who abuse substances i. Substance use and the legal system j. Agencies and interventions that can help
  • XAE-3038: Children w. Com. Difficulties (20) (Semester 2)
    This module will concentrate on the development of students’ critical understanding of Language & Communication Difficulties, and analyse the effect of such conditions on the social interaction skills and emotional and social development of children and young people by giving attention to the following: • What is Communication and the development circle of a child’s language? • Different kinds of Language & Communication Difficulties. • What does the Special Needs Code of Practice, statutory documentation and research state? • The role of parents and carers of individuals with Language & Communication Difficulties. • The implications of frustration on children and young people, such as behavioural and emotional problems. • A professional support network with voluntary agencies. • Intervention programmes and support strategies in response t the needs of young individuals with Language & Communication Difficulties.
    or
    XAC-3038: Plant ag Anawsterau Cyfathrebu (20) (Semester 2)
    Bydd y modiwl hwn yn canolbwyntio ar ddatblygu dealltwriaeth beirniadol myfyrwyr o Anawsterau Iaith a Chyfathrebu, a dadansoddi effaith y cyflyrau hyn ar sgiliau rhyngweithio cymdeithasol, a datblygiad emosiynol a chymdeithasol plant a phobl ifanc trwy ymdriniaeth o: • Beth yw Cyfathrebu a chylch datblygiad iaith plentyn? • Fathau o Anawsterau Iaith a Chyfathrebu. • Beth mae’r Côd Ymarfer Anghenion Arbennig, dogfennaeth statudol ac ymchwil yn ei ddweud? • Rol rhieni a gofalwyr yr unigolion ag Anawsterau Iaith a Chyfathrebu. • Oblygiadau’r rhwystredigaeth ar blant a phobl ifanc, megis problemau ymddygiadol ac emosiynol. • Rwydwaith gefnogi broffesiynol ag asiantaethau gwirfoddol • Raglenni ymyrraeth a strategaethau cefnogi i ymateb i anghenion unigolion ifanc sydd ag Anawsterau Iaith a Chyfathrebu.
  • XAE-3050: Psych of Childhood&Crime (20) (Semester 1 + 2) or
    XAC-3050: Seicoleg Plent a Throseddu (20) (Semester 1 + 2)

20 credits from:

  • HPS-3001: Work Placement - Semester 1 (20) (Semester 1) or
    HAC-3001: Lleoliad Gwaith - Semester 1 (20) (Semester 1)
  • HAC-3002: Addysg yn y Gymru Gyfoes (20) (Semester 1)
  • HPS-3003: Race democracy * pol ideaology (20) (Semester 2)
  • HPS-3011: Paradoxes of Self: Nietz..Jung (20) (Semester 1)
  • SXY-3015: Crime & Power (20) (Semester 2)
    State crimes: from ghettos to genocide. How does criminology and criminal justice respond when it is the formal State who offends? How do we define crime, justice and victimisation in this context? Transnational and organised crimes: human trafficking and the international trade in sexual services and illegal substances are examples of crimes which transcend national boundaries. Interpersonal levels of crime and power: examples may include ‘honour’-based violence and coercion; homophobic hate crimes; gender violence in intimate relationships; what happens when the victim becomes the offender as in the case of battered women who kill? How do the law, society and criminal justice system respond to these forms of crime?
  • SXS-3040: Gender Perspectives (20) (Semester 2)
    Conceptualizing gender Feminisms Men and masculinities Social movements Families, intimacy and sexuality Gender and schooling Gender and work Gender and the media Representations of gender in popular culture Cyberspace and technology Methodologies Gender mainstreaming Gender from a worldwide perspective
  • SXP-3210: Issues in Housing (20) (Semester 1)
    This module introduces students to some of the key current issues in housing policy, concentrating on the three key areas of quantity, quality and affordability. It examines the factors affecting the supply of, and demand for, housing, and explores the characteristics of the different tenures people may experience during their housing careers, looking at contemporary issues in each housing tenure. The module will also examine housing standards, and the policies for maintaining housing quality, together issues of housing finance. It will explore the managerial context of social rented housing which has undergone considerable change both governmentally [through devolution] and administratively [through a changing mix of local authorities, housing associations and other social rented housing agencies].