KE7010 - Housing and Health

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn how each of us relates to our place of residence by looking at the distinction between a house, a home and the context of society/community and how stressors conceptually apply across. In the first half of the module you will explore UK housing policy, construction and the risk based approach to assessing health impact through the application to a real world property of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS under the Housing Act 2004). In the second part of the module you will look beyond individual properties and to a community/societal context to housing and support. With the inclusion of external lecturers from practice you will gain an understanding of the application of the law to housing needs.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, seminars, site visit(s) and independent structured learning. Lectures deliver the foundation knowledge and this is explored further through seminars on specific topics. Throughout you are encouraged to share your own knowledge and experiences to illustrate theories and concepts that underpin the knowledge and practice of environmental health. Lecturers will direct students to further reading so that you can engage in discussion and prepare themselves for classroom work whether as an individual or in groups.

Formative feedback is embedded across the teaching with the open dynamic nature of the teaching. In addition it is used to support the completion of summative coursework.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

A dynamic reflective approach is used to demonstrate key concepts in housing and housing management being led by staff but building on student experience. You will benefit from visiting lecturers from practice delivering focussed lecture sessions around law and its application in practice. You will engage in small group activities, interacting closely with teaching staff for example in the application of HHSRS as a group seminar to support completion of the individual report for coursework. You will also visit real world properties to undertake your HHSRS assessment and see in practice construction methods and their dilapidation.

Your class materials will be further supported by on-line resources available via the module eLP site. These resources include an interactive reading list with on-line access to a number of key articles and aligned with your weekly lecture programme.

Support and feedback is provided by tutors during seminars and the lectures as questions arise. This is supported by staff operating an ‘open door’ policy for students meaning you can approach them anytime during normal office hours, or via email, to answer questions, receive feedback and support your learning on the module on a one-to-one basis.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• MLO1: Critically evaluate the roles of housing and community as determinants of health and their contribution to promotion of positive wellbeing and public health.
• MLO 2: Judge contemporary issues relating to regeneration to demonstrate a balance between physical, social, economic and environmental renewal.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MLO 3: Employ a risk based methodology to define the potential health impact from a single property on human health and justify your opinions.
• MLO 4: Evaluate how practitioners working in partnership can provide community based solutions through governance and accountability, policy making and the influence of pressure groups.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• MLO 5: Appraise how house, home and community can influence the life course of an individual and reflect on how environmental health professionals can influence this.

How will I be assessed?

Students will complete an HHSRS assessment of a real world property and present their judgements on risk to health. This comprises a group presentation (20%) prior to the submission of the individual summative report where students defend their decision as to the risk posed (40%). This reflects MLOs 1, 3 and 5. Note this piece of work may be used by the student as part of their submission of the Portfolio of Professional Practice to the CIEH under HH1.

The final essay is about broader government housing policy and requires discussion of the topic by the student (40%). It reflects MLOs 2, 4 and 5.

Feedback will be provided individually to each student on each piece of work and with the opportunity to discuss it with the lecturer if needed. Formative feedback is designed into the teaching with students delivering presentations with feedback to support their report.





Module abstract

Housing is a fundamental requirement for health and this module explores our relationship with the built environment through exploration of a house, its distinction from a home and how this fits within a context of society/community. During your studies you will explore individual property impacts on human health through an application of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) which requires a critical evaluation of risks seen in a real world property and how the student judges the risk and health outcome. Beyond the individual we delve into the role of communities and partnership working in providing solutions for urban regeneration and renewal and you will be given the chance to critically evaluate Government policy.

Course info

UCAS Code L7T6

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Geography and Environmental Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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