Real Estate Institutions and Markets (Glasgow-Nankai Joint Graduate School) URBAN5100

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course help students to understand how the complex economic, political and social framework interacts to produce unique real estate markets. It involves in-depth analysis of real estate institution and market issues in local, national and international contexts.


9x3 hour sessions

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






This course will be formally assessed by means of course work in the form of an essay 4,000 - 5,000 words in length.

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to understand how the complex socio-economic and political framework interacts to produce unique real estate markets with specific demand and supply characteristics. It also involves in-depth analysis of real estate institutions and market issues in local, national and international contexts. It draws on the historic and contemporary experiences of housing market in the UK and other industrialised countries and critically evaluates the evolving housing provision system in fast growing cities of China.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ Understand the economic dimensions of real estate as a set of linked markets and submarkets, functionally divided between use, investment and development; and sectorally divided between commercial, residential and other types of properties.

■ Appreciate the economic and policy framework which governs property price and its determinants.

■ Acknowledge the economic dimensions of global real estate markets and its impact on local market performance and operations.

■ Critically assess and apply the Hedonic theory in real estate market analysis

■ Critically identify the institutional characteristics of social housing policies and provision, government controls and subsidies at local and national levels.

■ Evaluate the factors that influence property values and how the performance of real estate markets is connected to broader economic trends, at the city, regional, national and international levels.

■ Identify and assess the characteristics of emerging real estate markets and their relationship to internationalization and globalization.

■ Critically appreciate the experiences of the UK housing market and its relationships with supply of land, control of the development process, the spectrum of different tenures and changes to tenure profile, and affordable housing.

■ Compare and contrast the major features of the real estate market and practice in the UK and China in relation to their socio-economic and political background.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.