Course Title: Human Trafficking

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Human Trafficking

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2013,

Course Coordinator: Dr Kaye Quek

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8202

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5.12

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Human trafficking is emerging as a significant issue in current debates on human rights, international development and contemporary social studies. While the focus remains primarily on sex trafficking, issues such as child jockeys and soldiers, forced labour, slavery, forced marriage, and domestic labour are gaining increasing recognition as contemporary forms of trafficking in persons. Recent academic research and efforts of various local and international human rights, civil society and development organisations have highlighted the urgent need to deal with these practices. This course aims to provide an introduction to the problem of human trafficking and covers a range of related issues including definitions, debates, actors and responses. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the conclusion of this course you will: • have an appreciation of the complexity of defining and addressing human trafficking, and the debates in these areas; • be familiar with the diverse groups involved in trafficking, including participants, vulnerable groups, NGOs and law enforcement actors; • be familiar with national and international laws, interventions and policies to counter human trafficking; • be able to competently and professionally apply knowledge of counter-trafficking support activities in your own work; • be able to make clear and well-founded arguments about the key issues in human trafficking, based on academic research. 


Overview of Learning Activities

Primary learning activities may include class lectures, workshops and discussions, analysis of academic literature and documentaries, class and online discussion. Assessment tasks are designed to provide you with opportunities to demonstrate your understanding and analysis of the topic.

Overview of Learning Resources

Reading material for this course is available via MyRMIT. Additional resources that are available in the RMIT library.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include essays, class presentations and participation, and online blog entries.