All courses are 3-credits each.

MBAC 5101 Business and Community Development I

Provides the theoretical and philosophical foundations of community economic development, identifying business as a way of achieving an enhanced quality of community life. Students are introduced to the language and concept of “Third Sector” structures such as civil society organizations, community development corporations, worker owned ventures, co-operatives, and social enterprises.

MBAC 5103 Fundamentals of Accounting, with Applications to CED

A combination of financial and managerial accounting themes with added content  for those working in a the public and Third sectors.  This course provides students with a general understanding of financial statements with a focus on the analytical techniques used to process financial information by various user groups and a study of accounting information systems. Topics include financial statement analysis, budgeting, performance measures and management accounting for problem solving and decision making.

MBAC 5104 Fundamentals of Marketing, with Applications to CED

The purpose of this course is to present the marketing dimensions as they apply to private, public and third sector organizations. It deals with both the strategic and tactical approaches to influencing behavior in a wide range of key target markets, such as customers, funding sources, volunteers, the media and the organization’s own staff. The community venture will be examined through the basic concept of the marketing mix.

MBAC 5105 Organizational Behaviour

The course presents the history, theory, models, and research in several topics in organization behaviour and organization design, including strategic human resource planning.  Class discussions, exercises, and cases will be used to reinforce concepts and improve skills required in managing and motivating people.

MBAC 5107 Economic Geography and Development

Introduces students to the analytic tools that economic geographers use to measure and compare spatial variations in economic growth. The course describes the dominant economic mechanisms and processes of uneven development that produce global cities, peripheral regions and regional economies. Students will employ this background to study the attributes of their community and to assess its potential for economic growth.

MBAC 6101 Business and Community Development II

Pre-requisite: MBAC 5101
This practical course will explore the relationship of business with the community, and the challenges and issues surrounding community-based business institutions.  This topic will be explored through the assigned readings, case studies and class discussion. The course will seek to draw from theories of CED and the social economy and compare them to examples of how community business and CED gets implemented.

MBAC 6103 Fundamentals of Finance: Applications to CED

Pre-requisite: MBAC 5103
Provides students with a comprehensive body of knowledge concerning management of the firm’s financial affairs. The course covers financial analysis and planning, valuation of assets, long-term capital budgeting and capital structure decisions, short term investment and financing decisions, and tax principles influencing the organization’s finance and investment decisions.

MBAC 6106 Leadership Training & CED

Pre-requisite: MBAC 5105
The course uses a combination of lectures, discussions, cases and presentations to focus on leadership training techniques.  It covers major issues in leadership, and presents practical techniques for implementation. Learners will be able to analyze typical leadership problems and develop options for solutions, including means for conflict resolution and mediation.  Emphasis is placed on cultural and political differences in the conduct of community organization and leadership training, and their effect on outcomes.

MBAC 6107 Comparative Development

This course employs a comparative approach in the assessment of alternative development philosophies in both the North and South, especially those which attempt to define a sustainable community. It examines the influence of natural resources and governance on development, it synthesizes concepts of development, and it examines strategies used to formulate action plans to achieve sustainability in communities.  Learners will become skilled on thinking globally and acting locally, and on using qualitative and quantitative indicators of sustainability.

MBAC 6118 Principles of Venture Analysis

Pre-requisites: MBAC 5103, 5104
The course provides students with opportunities to apply knowledge acquired in prior experience and other business courses, in planning and developing a business venture. Students who complete this course will have a sound understanding of the process of developing a business plan, and will be able to evaluate business plans.  The course will also attempt to explore the differences between traditional business practice and community economic development.

MBAC 6121 Applied Research Methods

This survey course will provide students with an understanding of varying approaches to applied research, including qualitative, quantitative, and ethnographic methods. Learners will be required to analyze critically the strengths and weaknesses of the methods.  Participants will be encouraged to prepare their proposal for their Applied  Research Project and identify research methods appropriate to their capstone research project.

MBAC 6124 International Business

Pre-requisites: 5103, 5104, 5105
This course focuses on the issues raised by doing business internationally. It examines the economic and financial environment,  institutions and markets, and interrelationships of principal trade centers.  It also discusses trade issues and strategic international management issues. The course is integrated across business functional areas.

MBAC 6125 Strategic Management

Pre-requisites: MBAC 6124
A capstone course that introduces students to the basic concepts and methodologies used in crafting and executing business strategy.  The course provides the student with the opportunity to apply knowledge garnered in previous courses and integrate it.  The course will use the case method extensively and will focus on strategic decision making in the CED context.


MBAC 6204 Communication and Social Change

The ideologies and conditions of the pre-modern, modern, and postmodern worlds through their manifestations in cultural and technological artifacts.

MBAC 6208 Information & Communication Technology and Economic Development

This course focuses on the use of information technology in organizations and communities. It examines how organizations can use information  technology as a tool to improve their effectiveness, enhance their competitive advantages, and  help transform the economy.

MBAC 6209 Land Claims, Self-Government and Planning for Community Economic Development in First Nations Communities

Provides an overview of the ever-changing environment in the political economy of First Nations communities in Canada. Models and cases of land claims and self-government are explored with an emphasis on issues relevant to long-range planning and policy- making for community economic development.

MBAC 6211 The Dynamics of Community Economic Development in Urban and Rural First Nations Communities

A comparative course which analyses the social and economic conditions that distinguish urban and rural First Nation communities. Students discuss the different strategic approaches to community economic development that could be used in each case

MBAC 6214 Social Entrepreneurship

Prerequisite: MBAC 5101
Social entrepreneurship refers to initiatives by citizens and community groups to respond to social needs.  Social enterprises are blurring the lines between the sectors, taking for-profit, non-profit, and hybrid forms of organization. The objective of this course is to introduce students to the concepts, practices, and  challenges of social entrepreneurship. Students will learn from examples of regional experiences and from case studies that illustrate the application of business skills in the social sector.  The course discusses  the impact of trust and social capital in communities, and the use  of the Balanced Scorecard to strengthen the management of  the enterprise.

MBAC 6215  Emergency Management

This course is designed to facilitate a comprehensive understanding of the role of community in preparing for and dealing with local and national emergencies and their consequences. Knowledge and skills acquired in this course will be directly transferable to international crises and disasters. Students will consider and discuss the necessity of being prepared to carry out community economic development. The preparedness measures of various organizations are examined. Using a provided scenario, students prepare a CED plan, including concept, implementation, and transfer/close-out aspects.

MBAC 6217  Conflict Resolution and  Community Reconstruction

This course is designed to facilitate a comprehensive understanding of the role of community in conflict prevention, conflict resolution and post-conflict restoration activities. Students will acquire knowledge and analytical insight in two significant aspects of the human condition: the origins and nature of conflict and the conditions necessary for peace. The course focuses on: security assurances attained by alliance building at all levels, prevention and resolution of conflict, the theory and practice of CED and its place in building secure communities, and how CED initiatives are employed by civilian and military organizations.

MBAC 6219  Social Dynamics of Leadership

Prerequisite: MBAC 6106
The course discusses how modes of communication, distribution of power,   values, sharing of knowledge, and the ways in that people interact with others affects Leadership. The purpose of the course is to help participants gain an understanding of the sociological, psychological, and cultural factors that contribute to leadership behaviours and the ways in which people respond to them. It will provide practical tools with which participants can assess and improve their own leadership skills.

MBAC 6221 Public Policy

Prerequisites: MBAC 5101, 5103, 5104, 5105
This course will examine the major theories relating to the policy-making process, the institutional, political and socio-economic contexts in which decisions are made and how those decisions have been implemented. Understanding the variety of means in which policies can be implemented is as important as the designing of public policy. In this respect, attention will be paid to the policy relationship between government and community economic development (CED) organizations. A number of CED public policy case studies will be used as pedagogical tools, in order to understand how the policy-making process has occurred, the other types of policy options which were available and what the results have been from particular policy decisions.

MBAC 6223 Government, Business and Third Sector Relations

Prerequisites: MBAC 5101, 5103, 5104, 5105
This course will explore the multi-layered relationships between government, business, and the third sector, in order to detail the political, institutional, and societal context in which businesses and non-profit/community economic development organizations operate. This exploration will provide a lively theoretical introduction to government/business relations. The course will discuss a wide range of ideological perspectives, which attempt to inform us as to what those relations should or should not be based upon.  The course includes an agenda setting exercise, by which participants attempt to project possible medium-term policy outcomes, regarding the most important issues concerning government/business/third sector relations.

MBAC 6226 International Finance

Prerequisites: MBAC6103.
This course provides a conceptual framework within which the key financial decisions of the multinational firm can be analyzed. The course considers the environment of international financial management, foreign exchange markets and the tools that can be used to hedge exchange rate risks. The course covers methods used to manage accounting and economic exchange rate exposures and examines the financing options available to multinational financial managers and how cost of capital can be determined.

MBAC 6227 Environment, Energy, and the Economy: Strategies for Sustainable Futures

Prerequisites: MBAC 5101, 5103, 5104, 5105
Prerequisites: First 12 credits of the MBA (CED) program.
The course provides a comprehensive examination of the environmental issues facing organizations and communities. The goal of the course is to prepare learners to help organizations understand sustainability and how it affects corporate strategy and public policy. The course builds on the concept of socially sustainable development, fused in the program’s core curriculum and extends it to planning for sustainable environmental and energy futures at regional and corporate levels. It explores the tensions between growth, energy consumption and the environment; it aims to develop a holistic understanding of ecological, economic and social sustainability. The course introduces elements of environmental management systems through use of case studies that can help government and organizations move toward sustainable practice.

MBAC 6228 International Marketing

Prerequisites: MBAC5104.
This course focuses on the basic concepts of international marketing, the need for international marketing activities and global trade. It reviews institutions and markets, covers in-depth geography discussion and explores cultural and strategic marketing issues. The principle aim of the course is to internationalize theory and practice across the broad range of functional marketing areas.

MBAC 6229 Sustainability Marketing

Prerequisites: MBAC5104
The course aims to provide a comprehensive framework for understanding how environmental issues influence marketing in business, government and the social economy. The course follows the multiple-bottom-line approach built in the MBA (CED) program. Going beyond the concepts introduced in the core marketing course, it explores marketing theory and strategy as it relates to the objectives of organizations striving for social and environmental sustainability. Learners will study marketing implications for sustainability and critically analyze existing marketing systems. It reviews approaches to green marketing, focusing on sustainable ideas and behaviour.

MBAC 6231 Marketing Strategy

Prerequisites: MBAC5104.
This course focuses on developing effective marketing strategies that can serve as blueprint for marketing programs that build long-term success for the organization. Students learn basic branding principles and examine the branding strategies organizations employ to enhance positioning and deliver high levels of satisfaction to targeted customers and clients, sustain a competitive advantage and improve market performance and financial performance. Learners will be able to formulate and assess marketing strategies and tactics that have value for the firm, customers, clients, partners and society at large. Issues of ethics, social responsibility, customer satisfaction and credibility arise throughout the course in readings, lectures, case studies and projects. Case studies explore the benefits and risks of valuing socially focused brands.

MBAC 6233 Contemporary Issues: Change Management and Governance

Prerequisites: MBAC5105.
Change management and governance are two organizational issues that dominate managerial, board and regulatory time and resources because of their high degree of both risk and opportunity. The pace of change affecting organizations in the private, public and non-profit sectors has increased dramatically as a result of new enabling technologies and the need to respond to changing national and global political and market operating environments. This course provides the student with a theoretical underpinning for both cross-cutting issues, while also focusing on practical applications of that theory to real-life situations in all three economic sectors.

MBAC 6801 Applied Research Project   (previously known as Major Research Essay)

Pre-requisites: MBAC 6121
The research project will approach a socio-economic problem in a holistic, multidisciplinary manner and will meet the high academic standards expected for an  applied research thesis.  Students will ground their research in an existing or planned initiative. A two-person supervisory committee, drawn from different disciplines, will oversee the preparation of the final document. There is no residency requirement for the research project, which will be completed off site. The research project must be completed within one calendar year.