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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 12: November 12, 2019  

* * *Family Interview Assignment; Sample Interview Questions   Family History Questions

* * * Budget Assignment due 11/12. Sample  Income categories.  Sample Monthly Expenses   1) Students will show "Income" categories and monthly numbers, using averages when appropriate. Show Income Total.  2) "Expenses" categories will be in two columns: "Fixed/Recurring" (aka Necessities), and "Fluctuating/Non-Recurring". Must show at least 10 categories/items in each Expense column. Show Totals. 3) Subtract "Expenses" from "Income" to get balance; positive or negative? 4) Write half-page reflection of your Monthly Budget experience. What is your thinking about making a budget? Is it necessary, helpful, efficient? Why or why not? 5)Include a reference in Chap. 10, "Making Sound Decisions" that relates to your paradigm of making financial decisions.

* * * MIDTERM Makeups: Students will make up "Short Answer" portion of missed exam on Tues, 11/12. Please email Instructor to confirm meeting times: 8:00 am, or 12:45 pm.  Make-up Essays will be hand-written and turned in 11/12. Open book, open notes, handouts, etc. Students will use lined paper and ink pen. Chaps. 5,6,7,9 & 11 will be covered for Short Answer and Essay content, as well as STIs, Contraception, Planned Parenthood presentation; Domestic Violence, Consent, and Haven Women's Center presentation.

* * * Essay Questions/Topics: Students will choose ONE topic and in essay format, using first person language, will state their position/argument and prove their points with supporting examples and references. Must include summary, and 15 points

Essay Question: What did you learn from the information in one of these sections of the chapter that resonated with you or enhanced your perspective? Topics: 1) Chap 5: "Attachment Processes", "Evolutionary Perspectives", "Neurobiological Research", or "Attachment and Physiological Reactivity". 2) Chap 6: "The Brain and Relationships", "Neurochemistry and the Development of Love", "Kissing", or "Relationship Development". 3) Chap. 7: "Gender Differences in the Health Benefits of Marriage", or "Processes Underlying the Marriage-Health Link". 4) Chap. 9:"Parenting Styles", or "Socioeconomic Influences on Parenting Styles". 5) Chap 11: "Biological Processes Resulting from IPV", "Risk and Protective Factors Related to Victimization", "Types of Batterers", "Attachment Issues", or "Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence".* * * Review of STIsWHO (World Health Org) article;   STI Fact Sheet    STI Worksheet 

 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!