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           FALL 2019 

FAMLF 131 (Click here to go to the Resource page).    

* Sect #4139,Tues, 8:45-11:50am.                          * Sect # 4157, Tues, 1:30-4:35pm.

*Classes meet in Muir 155 (West)

 ***  FALL 2019 SYLLABUS

+ Link to textbook online study tools:  Log in under "student resources"; review flashcards with terms, concepts, and definitions; and review quizzes. 


WEEK 4: September 17, 2019      

 * Reading Assignment: Chap. 3, "Sex and Gender".  Please remember there is copy at  Library Reserve desk (West, Yosemite Hall). Know definitions of terms and concepts (highlighted in green in margins). Review Power Point (Chap. 3) and flashcards from  "online study tools (see "edge" link above). 

 * Reflection questions for "Sunshine" video: 

1) Was there a part of Karen's family story that resonated with you, or felt familiar?  Did anyone's outlook or attitude enhance your perspective of any family situations or dynamics that were depicted in the film? Did you learn anything new to change your perspective? Explain your thinking and give an example.  

2) Which family member or members could you relate to, in terms of processing or understanding the relationships that were in place? Describe the relationship, as you observed it. What did you learn about the sharing of information, or the expression of  emotions? Give an example to explain your response. 

Students will respond with half-page minimum, single-spaced response or "takeaway", using first-person narrative, ("I" or "me", "my", etc.) Examples: "I learned...", or "my situation...", or "when this happened to me..."  Please do not use generalities or judgments. DUE 9/17/19. 5 points.

("Sunshine" video link will be uploaded 9/12/19) 

 * Genogram Assignment - (Due 9/24/19). Students will bring draft or working copy to class, 9/17, and will review packet of symbols, examples, etc. to construct 3 generations of family members, types of marriages and types of families. Discussion and time allowed to work on genogram in class. (See next page for "Genogram Symbols" link). Sample Genogram  

 The Wisdom of Fred Rogers...

"There is no normal life that is free of pain. It's the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth".                                                    


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Welcome to FAMILY LIFE 131! 










Professor Karen Wells with Mom, son and two granddaughters; photo taken June 2004, 5 months before her Mom died.

What is Family? What is a generation? What is your family of origin? Of procreation? Does everyone have a family?  And who gets to tell the story of the family?  There is a great quote that may be anonymous, but Sesame Street of PBS thrives with these words: "A child's story is yet to be told".

The Family Life 131 course embraces the paradigm of the family "story", its identification and composition, and its evolving structure in today's American society. MJC's Family & Consumer Science Division and Professor Wells invite the students to participate with a willingness to look closely at other perspectives while giving credence to their own experiential knowledge of the family story. It is hoped to be a most worthwhile learning endeavor here at MJC.  Welcome!