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SPRING 2018 

FAMLF 131 (Click here to go to the Syllabus and Course page)

** Sect #4379:  Thurs, 8:45 - 11:50 am, MUIR 163 (West)

** Sect #8112:  Thurs, 1:30 - 4:35  pm,  MGLA 101  (West)                                                   



WEEK 7:  February 22, 2018   Happy Presidents' Day!  

*** There are two different Extra Credit options included in this coming week's assignments and preparation.  See if you can discern what they get the points:)

*** Students were given handout covering WHO (World Health Organization) article of STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) data and information.  Read through it and answer the following "quiz" questions.  Turn in hard copy on 2/22.   WHO Article here   STI "Quiz" here

***  Students will read through/scan Chap. 5, "Communications in Intimate Relationships" AND Chap 6, "Finding the One and Only: Mate Selection". After doing so, student will choose ONE concept or ONE term (either of which may be part of a subtopic within the chapter) from Chap 5 OR 6, and study that section thoroughly, outlining the meaning, definition, application to the author's research of the chapter topic (i.e., Communications, or Mate Selection).  Hence, you are taking notes of 2 key points and will be giving examples from book or from personal experience.  You will present your section review, as a team/with another student, to the class for 10 points each. Students will also have time in class to prepare oral presentation (1 - 2 min) with partner.  Email any question to Prof. Wells:

* * * * * * What's Your Petty Deal Breaker???  Take a look at these responses to the big question.  What is YOUR "deal breaker"???  Describe it in 2-3 sentences (no pics required!)   

* * * Guest Presentation: Planned Parenthood, March 1, 2018, covering Family Planning, STIs, Sexual Health.

* Calendar of Events: Spring 2018 Transfer schedule  

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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!