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Social Construction: Premises and Practices | Oct. 6 - Nov. 10

Mon, October 6, 2014

through November 10, 2014

(A 6 Week Online Course)
Facilitators: Celiane Camargo-Borges, Ph.D. and Dawn Dole, MSOD, M.Ed.

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 Associate, Celiane Camargo Borges, Ph.D. and supported by Dawn Dole, Taos Institute Executive Director.

There will be "live" conference calls for this course are held on Mondays from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM New York time/eastern US time.

Limited to 10-12 participants. *(If the enrollment grows to a point where we need to make two groups, the times will be 10:00 AM New York time and then again at 1:00 PM NY time.)*

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.

There will be an orientation conference call the week prior to October 6th to become familiar with the online learning platform. It is required that all participants attend this orientation. There will be two scheduled orientation available from which to choose.

The course consists of an introduction and five modules:
Module 1 - Getting to know one another and creating a virtual learning community
Module 2 - An Introduction to Social Construction
Module 3 - Dialogue and Discourse
Module 4 - Social Construction of the Person
Module 5 - Research/Inquiry as Social Construction
Module 6 - Social Construction: Promises and Challenges

Participants should plan to spend at least 10 hours each week on this course between the calls, readings, videos, connecting with a learning partner and writing assignments.

The "live" conference calls will take place on October 6, 15, 20, 27, November 3, 10.

Cost: $475.00 students, $575.00 regular (US)

Register at this link: www.taosinstitute.net/online-course-registration

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

Comment from past participant:

I want to thank Dawn, Celiane, Sheila, Ken, and Mary for this wonderful course. It was really put together well; easy to understand and follow with the perfect mix of articles, videos and class time as well as didactic interaction with our learning partners. I feel like my understanding of SC has truly taken shape, and I am excited to proceed with my project. It's been lovely to get to know my fellow learners, and I wish you all well as you decide how to apply SC to your particular area of interest.

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