Civic Media In Action

Institution(s): Emerson College

Discipline(s): Media Studies, Design

Faculty Member(s): Catherine D'Ignazio, Eric Gordon

Keyword(s): Art, Civic Engagement, Civic Media, Civic Tech, Design, Design-Research, Digital Media

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Civic Media are media wherein intentionality of their use or production is to generate social change or ‘public good,” typically originating in the intersection of community and storytelling. In this course, students will work in teams to create civic media projects grounded in real-world needs and guided by community partners. The course will cover participatory design theories and methods for including communities in iterative stages of project ideation, design, implementation and evaluation. Teams may produce a variety of media forms (i.e. game, website, video, artwork, campaign, mobile app, etc.).