Brandon University Rural Development Institute’s Social Media Engagement Certificate Training is a unique offering for individuals working in the public and non-profit sectors. Our strategic approach to developing and implementing a social media engagement plan means participants have immediate impact in their organization. Students will also learn practical, hands-on skills. Through this intensive training, they will know how to use social media tools beyond the basics as well as how to apply industry best practices to their professional lives. Training is delivered by industry experts from Centre of Excellence for Public Sector Marketing and Digital Relay.


Prerequisites: Nil.

This course provides students with a basic introduction to both aspects of Rural Canada and perspectives for analyzing features of Rural Canada. This course begins by introducing a variety of disciplinary perspectives and approaches for describing and analyzing Rural Canada. Disciplines include Rural Development, English Literature, Music, Resource Management, Geography, and Sociology. In terms of description, the rural dimension of each region of Canada is explored.

3 lecture hours per term, one term

Successors: 56:260, 88:260, 88:261, 88:350, 88:351, 88:352, 88:360, 88:458, 90:260, 90:261, 90:352.

Transfer Equivalents: Look up 88:150 in the BU Course Transfer Database.

Prerequisites: 30 credit hours in degree or permission of Instructor.

This course provides students an opportunity for an exchange of ideas and information on the present state of rural and community issues. Students will be encouraged to select an area for investigation and apply interdisciplinary research techniques. This course may be team taught with faculty in other departments.

Cross-registered with (Economics) 22:396.

Cross-registered with (Geography) 38:396.

Cross-registered with (Native Studies) 68:396.

Cross-registered with (Political Science) 78:396.

Cross-registered with (Sociology) 90:396.

Transfer Equivalents: Look up 88:396 in the BU Course Transfer Database.

Prerequisite: Nil. The concept of sustainability has gained prominence in the last two decades, and is now deeply embedded in the discourse and practice of rural development. This comprehensive concept has local and global dimensions and implications. It is a dynamic concept that is hotly contested and at the same time brings stakeholders together. This course examines the origins, streams and prospects for sustainable development in the rural context, utilizing both local/regional and international case studies of its conceptualization and practice.

3 lecture hours per week, one term.

Prerequisite: Nil.
This course explores the relationship between rural communities and the global pattern of development. It emphasizes economic institutions, trade and investment patterns and how these are supportive of, or damaging to, rural development. The opportunities and vulnerabilities of Canadian communities and organizations to international action and competition are examined. Impact, reaction and strategies in rural communities in other developed and developing countries are also studied. Political, social, and cultural influences that come from interdependence and reduced obstacles to communication are examined to the extent that they impinge on rural development.
3 lecture hours per week, one term.

Prerequisite: Nil.
This course investigates the essential role of economic development in overall rural development. It is designed to acquaint students with the principles and concepts of economic development in a modern society. Included are strategies planning, infrastructure development, marketing of the community, investment support, entrepreneurism, enhancement of trade and long-term economic planning.
3 lecture hours per week, one term.

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor.

This course examines rural tourism by focusing on three aspects of rural tourism (ecotourism, agritourism, and cultural tourism). In doing so, the course incorporates examples of tourism strategies and activities from across Canada. Adopting a seminar format, students have the opportunity to contribute to improving our understanding of how rural tourism is being practiced in Canada and developing a "Made in Manitoba" rural tourism plan.

May not be taken by students with credit in 38/88:463.

Cross-registered with (Geography/Rural Development) 38/88:463.

3 lecture hours per term, one term

Transfer Equivalents: Look up 88:563 in the BU Course Transfer Database.

Prerequisites: Nil.

Rural communities in Canada have traditionally been reliant on biophysical resources as economic bases. As resource supply and demand changes, the future of resource-based communities comes into question. This course begins by reviewing economic theories relevant to resource communities (e.g., staples and export-based theories). Using regional inventories, the current states of resource-dependent regions in Canada are explored (e.g., cod fishery, mine closures, changing farm structure). The course then examines the public policy implications of these issues (e.g., local economic development programs), as well as the regulatory framework for resource development in Canada (e.g., Environment Impact Assessment processes). A seminar format is adopted.

May not be taken by students with credit in 38/88:464.

Cross-registered with (Geography/Rural Development) 38/88:464.

3 seminar hours per term, one term

Transfer Equivalents: Look up 88:564 in the BU Course Transfer Database.

Prerequisite: Nil.
This course is tailor-made for the student's needs, interests and areas of specialization. After determining these, the Department of Rural Development will assign a course advisor who will develop the course requirements and assessment methods. Guided Individual Study is developed on an individual student basis with a Department of Rural Development faculty member.

Prerequisite: Enrolment in Graduate or Master of Rural Development program.

A course of study on a special topic in rural development to be selected in consultation with the department. May be a series of lectures or seminars by visiting professors or regular members of faculty. May be a research project on a special topic in rural development normally culminating in a major paper.

3 lecture hours per week, one term.