2. A. Course Title: Criminology
    B. Course Number: SO 223C - 10081
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: M W F 9:00:00 AM - 9:50:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Pruitt, Debbie
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 213
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2812
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST); 12:15:00 PM-1:15:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 8:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST); 12:15:00 PM-1:15:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: HH204

    This course is a study of criminal behavior within society. Definitions, trends, theories, treatments, control of crime in addition to its victims are all examined within the framework of the criminal justice system. This is a three credit hour course.


    This course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of Criminology. This course has transferability to other colleges, but it is always advisable to check with the receiving four-year school.



    Criminology: The Core. Siegel, Larry J. 7th edition.

    This course will be utilizing an E-Book and an access code will be required to download the materials and activities.

    The access code can be purchased at the NMJC Bookstore.

    MindTap Criminal Justice, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card for Siegel's Criminology: The Core ISBN 9781337557740


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    This class will be run in a lecture format, drawing from the experiences and perspectives of the instructor, as well as the readings, class exercises, videos, and presentations. Assignments are to be read prior to the scheduled class time. Your questions, comments and reaction to the reading and discussions are an important contribution to the class. In addition to lecture, students will complete assignments in MindTap, a learning system provided by the publisher, Cengage. Work will be required out of class.

    Grades in this class will be weighted and assigned as follows:

    MindTap exercises 20%
    Chapter quizzes 30%
    Discussion 20%
    Papers 20%
    Attendance 10%
    Total 100%


    This textbook is in digital format and the publisher (Cengage) will utilize MindTap, a learning system provided by the publisher. Each chapter will have corresponding work inside a link outside of Canvas. Each of the chapters inside MindTap will have the same format: Video case review worth 100 points, a scenario entitled You Decide, part I and II, worth 12 points total, and an exam which can be taken several times for review. You must have access to a reliable computer, either at home or school, in order to complete MindTap activities, as well as other out of class assignments. MindTap exercises will not show up on your Canvas page as a “to do” assignment, so students must access Canvas regularly to complete this and other assignments.

    To access MindTap, go to the chapter modules. Click on the assignment you need to work on. For example, the video review link. It will take you out of Canvas where you will be able to read and complete the assignments associated with each chapter.


    There is a quiz at the end of each chapter. The tests will be multiple choice exams and be usually 25 questions and worth 100 points. Quizzes will be opened at the start of the chapter material. All exams will be taken on Canvas. All quizzes must be taken by the scheduled date unless special arrangements have been made. In order to minimize cheating, exams will be timed. Once you open the exam in Canvas, be prepared to complete it. Quizzes will be randomly generated from a test bank in order to minimize cheating. Exams will be opened enough days that there should not be an excuse for completing the quiz on time. Please contact the instructor should you need to make special arrangements. LATE WORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


    This class will utilize video supplement to the information covered in class and in the readings. There are many interesting cases associated with this topic and students will either watch the video in class or on their own time as assigned by the instructor. After the video, student will write a paper on the material presented. Paper will be a minimum of one page, a maximum of three pages. Guideline questions will be provided for each assignment. Papers will be uploaded to Canvas for grading. Papers will be double spaced, 12 pt. font and sources are always cited in ASA (American Sociological Association) format. There are links provided on how to cite ASA. Papers should be written in Word in order to be uploaded to Canvas. “Turn It In” will be utilized for papers to ensure that there is no plagiarism. If a student has problems with writing skills, please utilize the Academic Success Center or Brain Fuse, where a tutor will gladly review your written work, whether it is a discussion or a paper, to ensure it meets proper communication standards.

    In order to receive the best possible grade for all written work, refer to the rubric that is attached to each assignment. Grading will be done via the rubric in order to standardize grading.


    This class opens itself up to discussions and some students are hesitant to speak up and share their opinion in a classroom setting. Discussions allows all students to express their opinion. Discussions will be based on material and/or questions posed by the instructor. Students are required to respond to a minimum of two of their fellow students, but encouraged to “discuss” with more. Discussions should be posted by Wednesday of the week to allow students time to read posts and respond. This allows everyone the opportunity to express their opinion on topics and discussion are not limited to topics posed by the instructor. Discussions are graded and points may be deducted for not responding to a minimum of two classmates or not providing some depth in the response, either in your response or reply. We will remember that everyone is entitled to their opinion and be considerate of other’s opinions.


    As in a job setting, you are expected to attend class and notify the instructor if you are unable to attend class. Failure to attend regularly and participate has been shown to result in a lowering of your grade, as well as affecting your financial aid eligibility. Attendance is therefore encouraged. Since attendance is 10% of your grade in this class, excessive absenteeism will affect our grade. Roll will be taken every class and attendance will be maintained in Canvas where absences and tardy are tracked. 100 points are available for attendance. Points are lost by unexcused absences and tardy. A roll sheet is passed around each class period and failure to sign in could result in being counted absent. In addition, missing 1/4 of the class lecture will result in a lowering of your grade by one letter. Missing 1/2 of the class lecture will result in lowering your grade by two letter grades, etc. For example, there are 44 days in a MWF class. If you miss 11 of those classes as unexcused absences, your A now becomes a B. On a TuTh class, there are 30 class days and missing 8 will result in a lowering of your grade.

    Module Zero

    Please complete Module Zero and the Course Information Module. Module Zero is designed to help you get an understanding on how to navigate Canvas. It is a requirement, but the scores will not count toward a grade. If you are a first time student at NMJC and have never worked in Canvas, this is a resource for you to learning many of the skills necessary to utilize Canvas and be a successful student.

    Communication Standards

    This class expects you to use proper English, grammar and spelling. These are skills that will help you become a successful student and eventually a successful employee. The expectation at NMJC is that you turn in professional college level work. If there is work turned in with poor grammar, spelling, English, or text type language, you will lose points on a written assignment. There is a link in Canvas on the proper communication standards for this class as well as the grading rubric. If you need help with writing skills, please utilize the Academic Success Center or Brain Fuse. Both have professionals who can help edit and correct your written work.


    The recommended programs to use on your home computer when working on Canvas is Firefox or Google Chrome. The software that is most compatible when writing papers is Microsoft Word or Google Docs. Consider downloading Office 365 if you need this software or please use a NMJC computer or convert your work prior to submission. Uploading assignments via your phone or tablet will not work in Canvas. There is a link on Canvas on how to use Office 365 and download it for free onto your computer if you are a student at NMJC.

    The Canvas Help Desk is the resource when needing help with any issues that arise with Canvas. The phone is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Leave a message if no immediate answer. If you call the help line, give them your name, class you are having problems with, your A number and the CRN of the class you are calling about. The CRN can be located at the top of your online class and is a five digit number. The Canvas Help Desk phone number is 399-2199.

    If you have a smart phone, consider downloading the Canvas app. This will enable you to see announcements, notices and changes that are made to Canvas assignments. Make checking Canvas a regular habit as the Instructor will send messages and notices via Canvas. Mobile and tablet devices are for viewing the courses only and not for submitting assignments.

    The points you earn in this class are maintained in Canvas where you can track your grades. If assignments are not graded in a timely manner, please contact the instructor to make sure your assignment was uploaded correctly.

    The first week of class, review the course information module and complete Module Zero on Canvas. This will familiarize you with Canvas as well as completing a variety of assignments. This is a requirement.

    Instructor Response Time

    I will make every effort to grade work in a timely manner. With large classes, this could take a while, but every effort will be made to report grades within 48 hours after due date.

    This class opens itself up to discussion on current events. Students should be aware of incidents and be prepared to discuss them. There are no wrong opinions, just lack of any opinion at all. Critical thinking is essential for a good discussion. We will always be courteous of each other and agree to disagree on some topics. Students should be prepared to participate and stay abreast of current events for class discussions.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College's Social/Behavioral Sciences Department endorses the core competencies as established by the State of New Mexico. Within our respective fields, as appropriate,students should:

    A. Identify, describe and explain human behaviors and how they are influenced by social structures, institutions and processes within the contexts of diverse communities.

    B. Articulate how beliefs, assumptions and values are influenced by factors such as politics, geography, economics, culture, biology, history and social institutions.

    C. Describe on-going reciprocal interactions among self, society and the environment.

    D. Apply the knowledge base of the social and behavioral sciences to identify, describe, explain and critically evaluate relevant issues ethical dilemmas and arguments.

    Selected, specific competencies will be used to demonstrate mastery of the above.


    Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Understand and communicate the historical development of criminology as a field of inquiry through academic research, in-class discussions, written assignments, and other methods as necessary.

    2. Evaluate and identify the assumptions, limitations and appropriate applications of theories of criminology through academic research, in-class discussions, written assignments, and other methods as necessary.

    3. Assess the validity and reliability of empirical research used to test the theories of crime examined through academic research, in-class discussions, written assignments, and other methods as necessary.

    4. Communicate an understanding of criminological theories and how these theories can be used to explain the occurrence of crime at both micro and macro levels through academic research, in-class discussions, written assignments, and other methods as necessary.


    Make-Up Work Policy. Turn in all assignments on time and take tests when scheduled. If an emergency causes a delay, contact the instructor as soon as possible and we will work it out. Email is fine, but INCLUDE YOUR NAME.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

    Week One Jan. 14- Jan. 20

    Course Information

    Module Zero 

    Module Zero & Course Information
    Week Two Jan. 21- Jan. 27 Chapter 1. Crime & Criminology MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Week Three Jan 28 - Feb. 3. Chapter 2. The Nature and Extent of Crime MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Week Four Feb. 4 - Feb. 10 16 Chapter 3. Victims & Victimization MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Week Five Feb. 11 - Feb. 17 Chapter 4. Rational Choice Theory MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Week Six Feb. 18 - Feb. 24 Chapter 5. Trait Theory MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Case Study #1 
    Week Seven Feb. 18 - Feb. 24 Chapter 6. Social Structures Theory MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Week Eight Feb. 25 - Mar. 3/td> Chapter 7. Social Process Theory MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Case Study #2
    Week Nine March 4 - Mar. 10 Chapter 8. Social Conflict, Critical Criminology,
    and Restorative Justice
    MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Week Ten Mar. 11 - Mar. 17 Chapter 9. Developmental Theories: Life
    Course, Propensity, and Trajectory
    Read Chapter.
     MindTap Activities.
    Chapter 9 Exam
    Chapter Assignment
    Case Study #3
    Week Eleven April 1 to April 7 Chapter 10. Violent Crime MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Week Twelve April 8 - April 14 Chapter 11. Political Crime & Terrorism MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Case Study #4
    Week Thirteen April 15 - April 21 Chapter 12. Economic Crimes:
    Blue-Collar, White-collar &
    Green Collar
    MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Week Fourteen    
    Week Fifteen April 22 - April 28 Chapter 13. Public Order Crimes MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Case Study #5
    Week Sixteen April 29 - May 5 Chapter 14. Crimes of the New Millennium:
    Cybercrime & Transnational
    Organized Crime
    MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Spring Break. March 24 to 31st, Final Exam May 8 @ 10:00-11:45