The course introduces graduate students to the design and implementation of public policy as it involves and affects rural communities, economies, and organizations. It engages the cycle of policy development and implementation, including an exploration of policy instruments, communities, processes and emerging techniques.

The course consists of a combination of lectures, seminar discussions, and presentations from policy practitioners. While the geographic focus of the course will be the Canadian context. Throughout the course, materials and presentations will draw from academic sources, as well as recent policy deliberations with application to rural communities and economies.