Social Construction: Premises and Practices | Spring 2021

A 6-Week Taos Institute Online Course 
April 19 – June 6, 2021

Facilitator: Celiane Camargo-Borges, Ph.D.

This online course features videos and writings of Ken Gergen, Mary Gergen, Sheila McNamee, Harlene Anderson, Barnett Pearce, John Shotter, Saliha Bava and more.

This 6-week online course introduces common premises and orienting ideas central to dialogues on social construction. The ways in which constructionist ideas differ from traditional, realist understandings of the world are explored. The course will consist of six modules with readings, videos and online dialogues via text chat groups. The course is facilitated by Taos Institute Board Member, Celiane Camargo Borges, Ph.D.

There will be “live” conference calls on Mondays 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM New York/Eastern U.S. time.

All participants are required to attend an orientation on April 19, 2021 to become familiar with the online learning platform.

On the first call participants will meet each other, learn how the course will work and begin to co-create a learning community. This will be followed by five additional conference calls to explore the material from each module. During the week, participants will be required to do the weekly reading, watch the videos, complete writing assignments and connect with their inquiry partner/s for that week. Participants should plan to spend at least 8-10 hours each week on this course between the calls, readings, videos, connecting with a learning partner and writing assignments.

The course consists of:
Weekly live calls, assignments, readings, videos, activities, learning partner conversations, online commenting, and writing.

Weekly Live calls will be as follows:
Mondays at 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM New York/Eastern U.S. time

Orientation – Monday, April 19 at 11 am NY time (required)
Week 1, Mon April 26 – Module 1: Getting to know one another and creating a vibrant learning community
Week 2, Mon May 3 – Module 2: An Introduction to Social Construction
Week 3, Mon May 10 – Module 3: Dialogue and Discourse
Week 4, Mon May 17 – Module 4: Social Construction of the Person  
Week 5, Mon May 24 – Module 5: Research/Inquiry as Social Construction
Week 6, Mon June 6 – Module 6: Social Construction: Promises and Challenges
No live call on May 31.

Cost: $500.00 students, $600.00 regular (USD)
Click here to register:

Required books:
An Invitation to Social Construction, by Kenneth J. Gergen – To buy click here
Social Construction: Entering the Dialogue, by Ken and Mary Gergen – To buy click here


50% refund for any cancellations up to four weeks before class starts. 25% refund for any cancellations up to two weeks before the class starts. No refund after that. 

What past participants are saying about this course: 

It has been an inspiring course for me, not only due to the wonderful people I met in the group, but also because of you as our facilitator, Dawn as our guide on the system, and all the interesting guest speakers that you have found available for us.

It was so much fun to be in this group. It has given me so much for my studies, my work, my personal live.

I have tremendously enjoyed and benefited from this entire course and its process and many nice ‘miracles”- wonders have happened along the way

The course validated my way of thinking and applying and I simply loved it! I learnt a lot!Thank you all!!

Great facilitation and organization and great team! Thank you all for sharing this journey with me and I have very much enjoyed being in a learning and exploring relation with you all.

Overall I would like to say how unexpectedly powerful this course has been for me. In fact I took the course without knowing exactly what it was about, trusting my intuition as I bought Ken’s book “The saturated self” .

The assigned and suggested readings were extremely helpful, as were the support and input from other participants. I especially enjoyed the individual weekly discussions with learning partners–and the way we had an opportunity to become partners with everyone in our “cohort” over the six weeks of the course.

It was very, very interesting to learn more about SC and I certainly deepened my knowledge, insight and hopes for the future. The relational self, the relation between SC and research are wonderful themes that were new for me.

I would like to thank you all for the learning journey. I learned a lot and it feels more as a beginning then an ending. A begin that is longing for more to explore and to process.

I appreciated the feeling of getting in touch with the rich resources. It is an important take away of the course into my daily life and work.

I really enjoyed the course and feel it was very helpful to my interests in learning more about Social Construction in general and informing my research directions in particular.

I dearly loved the conversations across the world. They were deep and intimate. The warmth of these connections stays strongly with me still. I wasn’t sure exactly how you wished we would bring our conversations into the writing.