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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 2:  January 18, 2018

* Jan. 15 is MLK holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of our country's  most iconic and visionary civil rights leaders in modern history.  Did you know that King was a gifted student and skipped two grades, enrolling at Morehouse College in Atlanta at age 15? Four years later, he graduated with a degree in sociology

" Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." ... Martin Luther King Jr.

* * * Reading assignment for this week: Read through Chap. 1 of " Human Intimacy...", these sections:

"Qualities of Strong and Resilient Families: An Overview", (pp. 5-9); "Making Decisions That Lead to a Fulfilling Life", (pp. 11-15).  Students will be responding to one of the questions, pg. 15: "What Do You Think?" as an in-class exercise.  Review of Power Point, Chap. 1, for study of terms and concepts.  (See next page for Power Point link.)

* * * Students will review the syllabus for FAMLF 131 for discussion and quiz on 1/18/18. Open notes will be allowed.  

* Student Resources:

 * Welcome FAMLF 131 students!   Get your parking permit here: Click on YCCD icon for campus selection.

* 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!