Contemporary Housing Policy Debates

Information Introduction

Section 1, Spring 25

Schedule Information

Enrollment: /44
Credits: 3
Days Time Room Start Date End Date




1130-1250 WB104

Course Description

Housing policy in the United States covers a vast terrain. Housing policy includes regulation on what housing is built and where, how financial institutions lend to individuals and developers, and the allocation of public subsidies for housing development and direct aid to tenants for housing costs. It includes law that prohibits some—but not all—discrimination in housing development and transactions and obligates government agencies to affirmatively further fair housing goals. This course introduces students to current and historic local, state, and federal housing policy and law in the United States, and contemporary housing policy debates about what works and what does not to meet the needs of communities nationwide. Students will evaluate policy frameworks by engaging with research that explores how housing policy and its implementation impacts affordability, supply, equity, segregation, and climate. The readings will provide students a theoretically informed understanding of contemporary housing policy and law while also introducing students to active policy debates between economists, geographers, legal scholars, sociologists, and urban planning scholars. This course requires students to question the assumptions underlying past and current housing policy, to think critically about whether current housing policy meet community needs, and to contemplate solutions.

Course Requirements

Exam Information

Final Type (if any): None

Description: None

Written Work Product

Students will read and critique scholarly writing that describes and analyzes United States housing policy frameworks and relevant law. Students will be required to offer informed opinions during class discussion on the efficacy and limitations of existing policy and the potential for policy reform. Students will also be required to complete a substantial research paper (which will satisfy the paper requirement). Students do not need to submit a form to SRO for a special request to use the paper for the upper-level writing requirement. The final paper will be due via EXPO by noon on May 8, 2025.

Other Course Details

Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None

Exclusive With: None

Laptops Allowed: No

First Day Attendance Required: No

Course Resources: To be announced.

Graduation Requirements

Satisfies Understanding Bias/Racism/Cross-Cultural Competency requirement: Yes

Satisfies Writing Requirement: Yes

Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No

Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

Additional Course Information

Schedule No.: 125218844

Modified Type: Lecture

Cross Listed: No

Waitlist Count: 0

Concentrations: Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law

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