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SPRING 2017: 

FAMLF 131 (Click here to go to the syllabus and course page)
** Sect #4379:  Tues, 8:45 - 11:50 am, Muir 163 (West)                                                    

** Sect# 8112:  Tues, 1:30 -  4:35  pm, Muir 163 (West) 


WEEK 3: January 24, 2017

* Read through Chap. 3, paying attention to the definitions of terms and also to the graph on pg 35, "Different Family Structures".  

* Due this week: "Sunshine" written exercise, single-spaced.  One half page reflection answering this question:  Who or What in the film enhanced or changed your perspective of Karen's family story? Give an example to explain what you saw or heard that evoked your feelings.  Karen (narrator) and Jeremy - parents of Jasmine. Jerry and Patricia - Karen's adoptive parents. Mary - Karen's biological mother; and Kemper - biological grandfather.  "Sunshine" video can be located via Family & Consumer Science page, click "Student Resources", then "Family Life".  Passcode is FAMLF (in caps).  Select video. 

* "Who Am I?" assignment due; 15 pts. 


   The e-version of "Human Intimacy" found in Google Books is NOT the full printed version, and as such cannot be used as a substitute for the 10th edition of the textbook shown below.

 This is the textbook that is required for this course: "Human Intimacy: Marriage, the Family and Its Meaning", 10th edition.  The Pirates bookstore (East campus) will have more copies available the week of January 23rd.   

textAuthor:Cox,Frank D.; Wadsworth (publisher) 2005;ISBN-13 9780495504337  Please note that FAMFL 131, Sects. #4379, #8112 are using the 10th edition (not the 11th ed). 

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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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