Special Topic: Human Trafficking

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Special Topic: Human Trafficking

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Criminal Justice, Criminology, Ethics, Gender Studies, Human Rights, Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    CRIM 212; one 200-level course from ANTH, CRIM, HIST, LAWS, MDIA, PSYC, PUBL, SOSC, SPOL

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Human trafficking is the trade of human beings, most commonly for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labour. This course explores the various forms of human trafficking, causes, characteristics and consequences as well as the physical, psychological and emotional harm experienced by victims of human trafficking. Topics covered will include sex trafficking, mail-order brides, labour trafficking, organ removal, forced begging, and the trafficking of refugees. The course will also explore and evaluate the role of the state and non-governmental organisations in addressing trafficking problems.

    Course content
    In 2018 this course will be taught by Haezreena Abdul-Hamid, Teaching Fellow.

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the key conceptual issues relating to human trafficking.
    • Explain the nature and various forms of human trafficking especially in New Zealand context.
    • Understand and be able to identify the harms of human trafficking on individuals and society.
    • Critically evaluate approaches to relating to policing and victim protection mechanisms.

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