Homelessness Law and Policy - LW646

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
Canterbury Spring
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6 15 (7.5) DR EI Kirton-Darling


LW588 or LW614.


Not available to non-law students.



  • Social understandings of home and homelessness.
  • The history of contemporary homelessness law and policy.
  • England's current legal framework of homelessness law.
  • Comparative legal and policy perspectives.
  • Street homelessness and its regulation.
  • Details

    This module appears in:

    Contact hours

    One hour lecture and one hour seminar weekly.


    Spring term.

    Method of assessment

    100% coursework consisting of two pieces of written work.

    Indicative reading

    See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

    See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

    Learning outcomes

    On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the relevant statutory provisions relevant to homelessness.
    2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the policy frameworks underpinning state provision for the homeless including an historical and comparative understanding.
    3. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of how devolution has impacted upon legal responses to homelessness throughout the UK.
    4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of responses to street homelessness and how those responses inform contemporary understandings of the state.
    5. Critically assess claims about the progressive potential of homelessness law and policy and its relationship to broader social policies such as addressing social exclusion.

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