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FALL 2017 

FAMLF 131 (Click here to go to the syllabus and course page)

** Sect #4139:  Tues, 8:45 - 11:50 am, MUIR 155 (West)

** Sect #4157:  Tues, 1:30 - 4:35  pm,  MUIR 163 (West)                                                   

CLICK here for.....  FALL 2017 Updated SYLLABUS 


** WEEK 4        Sept 19, 2017     

*** For next class, 9/19, REVIEW Chap 3 "American Ways of Love" and Power Point (see link next page) and be able to define and identify terms and concepts in chapter.  There may be quiz covering terms.

***  Genogram (3 generation family map) discussion and working draft on 9/19. 

*** "Sunshine" video Reflection: The documentary can be viewed by clicking on "Media Share" link on next page.  Students will write half-page reflection, based on the student's perspective of Karen's family story.  Which person in the film, or perhaps, which concept or issue that was revealed through the interviews or events, resonated with you? Explain your thought process or enhanced perspective.  

*** Here is First Assignment, "Who Am I?"  Due 9/12/17.  Please note that assignment requires 2-pg minimum, not 3-4, as stated in link.

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 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!


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 "HOW did you say I got here????" No way, dude!

I better review Chap 9!!!


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