2. A. Course Title: Criminology
    B. Course Number: SO 223C - 10081
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    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);
    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); 12:30:00 PM-1:30:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (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.



    Adler, Freda., Mueller, O.W. Gerhard., Laufer,William S., CRIMINOLOGY 8th edition


    Harbrace Essentials with Resources for Writing in the Disciplines. Cengage Learning, 2nd Ed. ISBN: 13-978-1-285-45181-7

    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 comments and reaction to the reading and discussions are an important contribution to the class.

    Attendance: 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. 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.
    Roll will be taken every class and attendance will be maintained in Canvas where absences and tardy are tracked. In addition to the excessive absenteeism policy, 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.

    Exams: Four exams will be given in this class at approximately 3-4 chapter intervals. The tests will be multiple choice/short answer exams and will be worth 100 points each. All exams will be taken on Canvas. Exams must be taken on 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. Exams will be opened enough days that there should not be an excuse for missing the tests on time. Please contact the instructor should you need to make special arrangements.

    Reaction papers: Reaction papers will be assigned following video presentations and are worth 50 points. Points will be assessed based on the completeness of your response and whether you addressed the posted guidelines. The instructor seeks your opinion/reaction of an event, as well as your understanding of the dynamics of the topic. Please let the instructor know if you will be unable to view the videos because of the sensitive nature of the material presented.

    All papers will be uploaded to Canvas .Use Microsoft Word or Google Docs when writing papers to be submitted via Canvas. If you do not have these programs, please use a NMJC computer or convert your work to prior to submission.

    Students are encouraged to track their progress via their grades maintained on Canvas. If you have a smart phone, consider downloading the Canvas app. This will enable you to see notices and changes that I make to Canvas assignments. Make checking Canvas a regular habit as the Instructor will send messages and notices via Canvas.

    The first week of class complete Module Zero on Canvas for a grade. This will familiarize you with Canvas as well as completing a variety of assignments. This is a requirement for a grade.

    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 Collegeís 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.


    After completing this course the student will be able to:
    -Address with informed information, the changing attitudes, boundaries and contributions to Criminology.
    -Explain measurable characteristics of crime
    -Discuss the history behind the field of criminology.
    -Explain the different theories of crimininality by applying the different ideas proposed studies.
    -Identify and explain the different types of crime, as broken down by crimes against persons, crimes against property, white collar and public order crimes.


    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 or text is fine, but INCLUDE YOUR NAME. Submission of work late without being excused will result in points being deducted from your work.


    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 in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    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 itís 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 20, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    I estimate covering one chapter a week in this class. However, the instructor reserves the right to adjust the course outline as the need arises for time and material that is more in-depth and video presentations.

    Week 1. January 17. Introduction and Review of Syllabus. Chapter 1. Complete Module Zero introduction on Canvas for a grade. This is a requirement.

    Week 2 Jan. 23. Chap.2.

    Week 3. Jan 30. Chapter 3. Test #1 over chapters 1-3.

    Week 4. Feb. 6. Chapter 4.

    Week 5. Feb 13. Chapter 4 (cont. with 2 video presentations. Reaction paper.

    Week 6. Feb. 20. Chapter 5.

    Week 7. Feb. 27. Chapter 6. Video presentation and paper. Exam over chapter 4-6

    Week 8. Mar. 6. Chapter 7

    Week 9. March 13. Chapter 8.

    Week 10. Mar. 21. Chapter 9. Test #3 over Chapter 7,8,9.

    Week 11. March 27-31. SPRING BREAK

    Week 12. April 3-7. Chapter 10.

    Week 13. April 10. Chapter 11.

    Week 14. April 17. Chapter 12. Video presentation

    Week 15. April 24. Chapter 14

    Exam #4, Final Exam. Chapter 10-14.

    Final Exam week is May 8-10. Exam in this class is May 10 @10:00-11:45.

    January 16. Martin Luther King holiday
    March 13. 2nd 8 week semester starts
    March 27-31. Spring break
    April 14. Good Friday holiday
    May 8-10. Finals week
    May 12. NMJC Commencement exercise