2. A. Course Title: Criminology
    B. Course Number: SO 223C - 30355
    C. Semester: Fall 2018
    D. Days/Time: Online
    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: Virtual

    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 9th edition. McGraw Hill Education, NY, NY

    (8th Edition is acceptable)


    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 is online and a distance education format. It draws from the experiences and perspectives of the instructor and students as well as the readings, exercises, and videos. Your questions, comments and reactions to the readings and outside resources can be important contributions.

    Points Available:
    Exams. 4 @ 100 pts. 400 pts.
    Reaction papers. 3@ 50 pts 150 pts
    Chapter assignments @ 100 pts. each 1300 pts
    Module zero Required
    Total Points available 1850 pts.

    Exams: Four exams will be given in this class at approximately 3-4 chapter intervals. The tests will be multiple choice exams, 50 questions and will be worth 100 points each. All exams will be taken on Canvas and require Lockdown Browser. Exams must be taken on the scheduled date unless special arrangements have been made. 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. LATE WORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

    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.

    Each chapter will have a written assignment attached. Read the chapter critically and answer the proposed questions thoroughly in order to receive all the points possible. Chapter work will be accessible through the Modules page and will show up as a quiz.

    As an online class, we will utilize the “Discussion” link to talk about current events. Sociology opens up the world around us and there are topics we will “discuss.” The instructor will pose a topic or question. Students should reply to the post and to other student’s post. The class will be broken up into groups so the discussions can be more intimate and group assignments will change regularly.

    Part of being successful in an online class is checking Canvas regularly for announcements, assignments and due dates.

    Grades will be maintained in Canvas where you can check your progress regularly. There will be sufficient time allotted to complete the assignments/tests, therefore, LATE WORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

    The recommended programs to use on your home computer when working on Canvas is Firefox. Other programs do not seem to be as compatible, so download Firefox if you have not already done so. The software that is most compatible when writing papers is Microsoft Word or Google Docs. Consider downloading Office 365 if you need this software. 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 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. Phones 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.

    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.

    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.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    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.


    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.


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    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 and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into 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 and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    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.

    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
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. 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 TBA. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. 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 (sometimes two) 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 16. Introduction and Review of Syllabus. Chapter 1. Complete Module Zero introduction on Canvas for a grade. This is a requirement. NO CLASS ON MONDAY THE 18TH FOR MLK HOLIDAY.

    Week 2 Jan. 22. Chap.2.

    Week 3. Jan 29. Chapter 2 (cont.).

    Week 4. Feb. 5. Chapter 3. Test #1 over chapters 1-3.

    Week 5. Feb 12. Chapter 4

    Week 6. Feb. 19. Chapter 4. (cont. with 2 video presentations. Reaction papers assigned.

    Week 7. Feb. 26. Chapter 5.

    Week 8. Mar. 5. Chapter 6. Exam over chapter 4-6.

    Week 9. March 12. Chapter 7.

    Week 10. Mar. 19. Chapter 8.


    Week 12. April 2. Chapter 9. Test #3 over Chapter 7,8,9.

    Week 13. April 9. Chapter 10.

    Week 14. April 16. Chapter 11. Video presentation

    Week 15. April 23. Chapter 12

    Week 16. April 30. Chapter 13.

    Exam #4, Final Exam. Chapter 10-14.
    Final Exams May 7-9

    January 18. Martin Luther King holiday
    March 26-30. Spring break & Good Friday
    May 7-9. Finals week
    May 11. NMJC Commencement exercise