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FALL 2016: 

FAMLF 131 (Click here to go to the syllabus and course page)
** Sect #4139:  Tues, 8:30 - 11:35 am, Muir 155 (West)                                                    

** Sect# 4157:  Tues, 1:15 -  4:20  pm, Muir 163 (West) 


 Week 15: Dec. 06, 2016

* Documentary & In-class exercise: 20 pts;  Will review for Final.

** Last chance for Extra Credit: "Paper Tigers", Thurs, 12/01, 7 pm, Forum 110; or "Positive People" Series, Thurs, 12/01, 6 pm, Mary Stuart Rogers Bldg. All EC work due 12/06 latest.  

* Family Interview Assignment, due 12/6/16, 25 pts. Paper may be submitted via email to Instructor:, or hard copy (turned in on 12/6/16.) This assignment is half of the Final grade and is mandatory.  The remaining half will be multiple choice (on 12/13/16.) All papers, once submitted and graded will be deleted/shredded and no copies will be kept.  This is a disclosure that should be shared with your Interviewee.

1) Student will choose a family member to interview from any one of the following: their legal family (family of origin), extended family, family of procreation (one he/she has created), or spouse/partner (of committed relationship). The focus of the interview is to hear their "family perspective" through that person's "eyes" or experience.  The paper will be minimum 2 pages in length, double-spaced, and will list 5 of the questions used in the interview. (This list is additional to the two pages of content).

2) Student will conduct a respectful interview by asking permission first, and disclosing the deleting/shredding process that will take place to protect confidentiality.  

3) Student/Interviewer may use a set of questions that can come from the sample lists of "family interview questions" links (see below), or their own set of questions.  There is no set number or type to determine the ideal interview, but student must include at least 5 of the questions in their written interview (at either the heading or footing of their paper).  "Family Tree Magazine", "Ideas for Interviews"

4) Interviewee should be identified by relationship, age, and when or where interview took place. Must be within current timeframe of Weeks 14 and 15 (ending 12/6/16).  May be conducted in person, via phone conversation, or audio recording.  Texting and emailing are not considered to have "real time" value or affect.  Once the responses and anecdotal notes have been collected, student will write an overview of that family member's perspective, or paradigm; that is, their family story, keeping the answers in third person accounting.  What concepts or family life terms were described, incorporated, or experienced in their answers to the questions asked? Talk about what their "take-away" is, or point of view regarding their story, and relate it to the research cited in Cohen's textbook. Summarize the interview experience with your "take-away" of this family perspective, as interpreted by you, the listener.                               

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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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