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: 10:00:00 AM-10:30:00 AM (MST);
    Tuesday: 10:00:00 AM-10:30:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 10:00:00 AM-10:30:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 10:00:00 AM-10:30:00 AM (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.



    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

    Grading Policy

    Assignments will be weighted in this class. Following is a breakdown of percentages.

    Case Studies 25%
    Discussion 15%
    Critical Thinking Assignments 15%
    MindTap (Cengage) Activities 10%
    Quizzes 15%
    Comprehensive Exam 20%

    Case Studies
    Students will be presented with different cases and will analyze the case. Cases will be presented in video format and students will then submit a report in the following format: Summarize the case (brief synopsis), Analysis (breaking down the facts), Application (application of theories), and evaluation of final verdict when applicable.

    A scenario will be posed in which students will share publically opinions about an issue or question. Critical thinking will be required as well as your opinion. Students must post their response in the "Discussion" section of Canvas Modules and reply to a minimun of two fellow students.

    Critical Thinking Assignments
    Students will be assigned an issue that requires critical thinking on their part. Topics center around current events and students will write their opinion and upload it for a grade.
    MindTap (Cengage) Activities
    Each chapter in the text will have corresponding activities in MindTap. These must be accessed via Modules and are completed inside the MindTap link. Chapter reading is done in MindTap, where the textbook is located. Each chapter has an assignment connected to a video case, a two part "you decide" assignment, and a quiz. These assignments involve real life application to the reading material and must be completed within the assigned week.

    At the end of each chapter in MindTap is a 25 question, multiple choice quiz. Quizzes must be completed in the same week the chapter material is assigned. Quizzes are immediately graded with feedback.

    Final Exam
    The final exam will be comprehensive covering the important material from each chapter. Exam will be multiple choice and Respondus Lockdown Browser is required.

    Course Policies

    Late Work Policy - Since it is NMJC's goal to instill discipline, personal and social responsibility on our students, the course outline must be followed and therefore, late work is unacceptable. Only valid and verifiable excuse will be considered (only those with doctor's note, etc.). You must contact me one week prior to foreseen schedule conflict or as soon as possible for emergencies. Otherwise, all late work will get an automatic zero. There will be no negotiations of the grade or make-up work after the fact.

    Each week begins on a Monday at 12 AM and ends on a Sunday at 11:59 PM.

    The module items are arranged in sequence and you will need to go through each one to move on to the next. Each module will open on the date it is scheduled to be accessible. All activities will close by Sunday at 11:59PM. If you fail to complete a required task, you will get an automatic zero on that task.

    I will respond to your messages within 24 hours on the weekdays and 48 hours on the weekends. Grades will be posted a week after the task is due while grades for written assignments will be posted after two weeks at the latest.

    Broken computers and/or technical difficulties will not be accepted as an excuse to get an extension. Be aware of the computer requirements for all the software programs involved in this class such as Canvas, Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor. You will need a working camera, microphone, and speaker for this class. You need to an internet speed of at least 5Mbps, which you can check using Speedtest. Do not attempt to take an online class using your phone or tablet.

    Any form of academic dishonesty will automatically result to in an "F" whether it is intentional or accidental. Make sure that you submit your own original work. Ask for assistance if needed. A short training on academically acceptable behavior, policies and consequences is provided in the course.

    If there are no activities and or any submissions from you in the class for two weeks, the instructor will contact you to remind you of the class. If another week has passed without any participation or submissions from you, you will be notified that you will be dropped from the course. See attendance policy. Please make sure that your contact information is correct in the T-Bird Portal and edit any changes.

    Call the 24/7 Canvas Help Desk support if you are having issues with Canvas and/or with Respondus Lockdown Browser or Respondus Monitor. It is recommended that you begin your quiz or exam 1-2 hours prior to your intended start time for any troubleshooting needs.

    Make it a habit to check the gradebook, inbox and announcements every week.

    Keep the instructor posted at all times in regards to your academic progress, concerns or issues. Contact the instructor via the Inbox or call the office at 575.492.2652 OR make an appointment to meet in person if necessary. You are expected to communicate in a professional manner (guidelines in Canvas) when communicating.

    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.


    Student Learning Outcomes

    1. Understand and communicate the historical development of criminology as a field of inquiry though 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.


    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 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. 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.

    Week One Aug. 20-26

    Course Information

    Module Zero 

    Module Zero & Course Information
    Week Two Aug. 27-Sept. 2 Chapter 1. Crime & Criminology MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Week Three Sept. 3-Sept. 9 Chapter 2. The Nature and Extent of Crime MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Week Four Sept. 10-Sept. 16 Chapter 3. Victims & Victimization MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Week Five Sept. 17-Sept. 23 Chapter 4. Rational Choice Theory MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Week Six Sept. 24-Sept. 30 Chapter 5. Trait Theory MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Case Study #1 
    Week Seven Oct. 1-Oct. 7 Chapter 6. Social Structures Theory MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Week Eight Oct. 8-Oct 14 Chapter 7. Social Process Theory MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Case Study #2
    Week Nine Oct. 15-Oct. 21 Chapter 8. Social Conflict, Critical Criminology,
    and Restorative Justice
    MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Week Ten Oct. 22-Oct. 28 Chapter 9. Developmental Theories: Life
    Course, Propensity, and Trajectory
    Read Chapter.
     MindTap Activities.
    Chapter 9 Exam
    Chapter Assignment
    Case Study #3
    Week Eleven Oct. 29-Nov. 4 Chapter 10. Violent Crime MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Week Twelve Nov. 5-Nov. 11 Chapter 11. Political Crime & Terrorism MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Case Study #4
    Week Thirteen Nov. 12-Nov. 18 Chapter 12. Economic Crimes:
    Blue-Collar, White-collar &
    Green Collar
    MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Week Fifteen Nov. 26-Dec.2 Chapter 13. Public Order Crimes MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment
    Case Study #5
    Week Sixteen Dec. 3-Dec. 9 Chapter 14. Crimes of the New Millennium:
    Cybercrime & Transnational
    Organized Crime
    MindTap Activities
    Critical Thinking Assignment