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GEOG3058 Geographies of Housing and Home

Module Overview

The module introduces students to geographical understandings of housing and home. The primary focus is upon developments within advanced capitalist societies during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, however reference is made to other societies and historical contexts where appropriate. The module brings socio-cultural aspects such as home cultures and home consumption together with economic- & planning-related themes such as home ownership, the state and the housing market

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Whilst the main emphasis is upon geographical approaches to the study of housing and home, students will develop an awareness of the ways in which the work of geographers has been shaped by developments in cognate disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, housing studies and planning.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the influence of spatial and temporal scale upon geographies of housing and home
  • the distinctiveness of housing and home across particular places and regions
  • the value and need for multi-disciplinary approaches in advancing knowledge about geographies of housing and home
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • analyse reflectively and critically literature in human geography
  • assess the merits of contrasting geographical theories, explanations and policies
  • structure conceptual and empirical geographical material into a reasoned argument
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • pursue knowledge in an in-depth, ordered and motivated way
  • produce fluent and comprehensive written reports on complex topics
  • marshall and retrieve data from library and internet resources
  • use your interpersonal skills in group activities, including project work in the field and have a respect for differing views
  • use your interpersonal skills in group activities, including project work in the field and have a respect for differing views
  • be aware of the role and importance of evidence-based research
  • make critical use of case-study material
  • take responsibility for own learning
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • plan and carry out an exacting piece of research in human geography and produce a report to a high standard
  • be able to read and analyse a range of written texts, video and audio-visual materials


The module will develop understandings of the following themes: • the state’s role in shaping geographies of housing and home • changing attitudes towards and levels of home ownership in advanced industrial economies • home cultures, home consumption and identity • notions of the ‘ideal home’

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Annotated Visual Catalogue (45%) and Seen Examination (55%)

Independent Study120
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

(2004). Cultural Geographies. Geographies of Home. ,11 .

Housing Studies. Journal of Material Culture. .

Blunt, Alison (2005). Domicile and diaspora: Anglo-Indian women and the spatial politics of home. 

Putnam, Tim and Newton, Charles (eds.) (1990). Household choices. 

Shove, Elizabeth (2003). Comfort, cleanliness and convenience: the social organisation of normality. 

Cole, Ian and Furbey, Robert (1994). The eclipse of council housing. 

Colomina, Beatriz (1998). Privacy and publicity: modern architecture as mass media. 

(1992). New Formations. 'Home. ,17 .

Cieraad, Irene (ed.) (1999). At home: an anthropology of domestic space Syracuse. 

Valentine, Gill (2001). Social geographies: space and society. 

Miller, Daniel (ed.) (1998). Material cultures: why some things matter. 

Hanley, Lynsey (2012). Estates: an intimate history. 

Miller, Daniel (2008). The comfort of things. 

Malpass, Peter and Murie, Alan (1999). Housing policy and practice. 

Housing Theory and Society. Journal of Design History. .

Attfield, Judith (2000). Wild things: the material culture of daily life. 

Birdwell-Pheasant, Donna and Lawrence-Zúñiga, Denise, (eds.) (1999). House life: space, place and family in Europe. 

Murie Alan, Jones C (2006). The Right to Buy: analysis and evaluation of a housing policy. 

(2002). Signs. Forum: Domestic Space. ,27 .

Bennett, Tony and Watson, Diane (2002). Understanding everyday life. 

Woodward, Ian (2007). Understanding material culture. 

(1991). Social Research. Home: a place in the world. ,58 .

Duncan, James (ed.) (1981). Housing and identity: cross-cultural perspectives. 

Pink, Sarah (2004). Home truths: gender, domestic objects and everyday life. 

Sparke, Penny, Massey, Anna, Keeble, Trevor and Martin, Brenda, (eds.), (2009). Designing the modern interior: from the Victorians to today. 

Home Cultures European. Journal of Housing Policy. .

McDowell, Linda and Allen, John (1989). Landlords and property: social relations in the private rented sector. 

Morley, David (2000). Home territories: media, mobility and identity. 

Rice, Charles (2007). The emergence of the interior: architecture, modernity, domesticity. 

Silverstone, Roger (ed.) (1997). Visions of suburbia. 

Miller, Daniel (ed.) (2001). Home possessions: material culture behind closed doors. 

Saunders, Peter (1990). A nation of home owners. 

Blunt, Alison and Dowling, Robyn (2006). Home London. 

Colomina, Beatriz (1998). Privacy and publicity: modern architecture as mass media. 

(2003). Antipode. Life's work,' including a section on 'Domesticity and Other Homely Spaces of Modernity. ,35 .

Chapman, Tony and Hockey, Jenny, (eds.) (1999). Ideal homes? Social change and domestic life. 

Parr, Joy (1999). Domestic goods: the material, the moral and the economic in the postwar years. 


Assessment Strategy

STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE FEEDBACK ON THIS MODULE IN FIVE MAIN WAYS: 1. In lectures (either within the lecture or just after it has finished) when I can discuss questions raised about ideas and/or assessment (including assessed work topic choices). 2. By email, when I will respond to any queries about the module or aspects of assessment. 3. In individual meetings, when students make an appointment to see me to discuss progress and ask questions about assessment (online-bookable office hour appointments will be available throughout the semester). 4. On the mark sheet which is returned with their assessment, when markers make comments about student work, its strong points and how students can develop ideas further. 5. From personal tutors in special feedback sessions held at the start of each semester. Tutors will be able to look at the comments on students’ work across different modules (as detailed in 4 above) and provide advice about ways in which students may be able to improve their performance in assessments and/or examinations.


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 55%
Visual Catalogue 45%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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