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Learn about housing with online courses and programs

The housing of a region or era can be indicative of many factors, such as the values, challenges, and economic conditions of a particular society. Learn why housing is important and how it can evolve based on societal needs, with courses on edX.

What is housing?

In a community or society, housing refers to the shelter provided to individuals and families. It can serve as a barometer for a variety of society concerns, such as economic conditions, social views on human rights, and cultural norms.

As world populations grow larger and climate conditions change the spaces where we currently live, the concept of housing will also change. Understanding the impact of housing affordability on populations can help lead to innovative solutions, such as sustainable cities.

By studying how housing affects populations, the environment, and the landscape of society, you can prepare for a career in government, architecture, sustainability, and so many more exciting fields. Get started with edX.

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Housing course curriculum

The concept of housing encompasses a range of topics, from architecture and design to resilience and sustainability. With edX, you can choose courses that speak to your professional goals. For instance, a class that covers sustainable living may discuss concepts such as:

  • The governance, land management, utilities, and other entities that make up urban systems

  • How poverty, health, economic opportunity, and other people-focused issues impact urban systems and development

  • How smart city development and innovation can use data and technologies in an integrated way

  • How to translate design concepts into practical solutions for sustainable building adaptation

Depending on your career path, you may need to supplement your housing coursework with additional studies. edX offers many educational opportunities for learners interested in pursuing careers in housing. From accelerated boot camps to comprehensive programs that allow you to earn a bachelor’s degree or (for more advanced learners) a master’s degree, there are educational formats available to fit your needs. Busy professionals can even take advantage of executive education courses tailored to those in leadership and management positions. Find the right course for you.

Explore jobs related to housing

Housing involves a vast array of industries, such as construction and building design; welfare and human services; and real estate and property insurance. With requisite skills and housing knowledge, you may be able to qualify for the following roles:

  • Real estate agent: Uses their knowledge of the housing market to provide guidance and expertise to clients buying or selling real estate.Footnote 1

  • Urban planner: Studies population trends to develop plans for land use and housing development.Footnote 2

  • Architect: Plans the design for residential projects while ensuring accessibility, design, sustainability, and safety.Footnote 3

  • Housing developer: Blends knowledge of the housing market and population trends to select land for housing projects.Footnote 4

Each of these roles will have different education and skills requirements. Some employers may seek candidates with a degree in engineering, while others may require a certification or other relevant experience, depending on the role. Before deciding on a specific learning path, research the positions you hope to pursue and align your coursework with your career goals.

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