This course introduces students to activist, alternative, and community-based media projects that address challenging civic problems, and promote sustainable social change. Following a studio-lab approach, this course uses collaborative and cooperative learning to explore various forms of mediated expression, "old" and "new" media tools, and communication tactics to promote citizen participation and problem solving in social problems that affect local communities elsewhere. In collaboration with media, technology and community partners, students will also be given the option to participate in a service learning project to work on, examine, and report on ongoing civic media projects in the Pioneer Valley.