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Spring 2021

Course Description
Modern-day slavery plagues many global communities today. This seminar is designed to introduce students to the complex problem of human trafficking and the laws governing this subject area. The course will also expose students to current polices and practices aimed to combat human trafficking. The first part of the course will focus on the study of the different forms of human trafficking, relevant international and domestic laws, and theories behind the root of the problem. The second half of the course will examine the roles of the U.S. government, domestic non-governmental organizations, and local communities in responding to and applying laws to human trafficking situations as well as preventing human trafficking. The goal of the structure of this course is to build a foundation of knowledge that will allow students to actively participate and contribute in addressing the more practical second half of the course.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-25-2021 - 04-27-2021   W  6:20 PM-8:00 PM DL

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: It is expected that students will attend class and be well-prepared to discuss the assigned readings. Students in this course will be graded for attendance, class participation, and a final research paper. Students will give a short presentation at the end of the course that will provide an overview of their research paper. A student's final grade will be calculated as follows: Class Participation and Attendance:50% Research Paper: 50%
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes: None
Course Delivery:
Online (all synchronous)
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Criminal Law - Specialized
Government & Regulation - Specialized
Immigration - Specialized
Litigation - Specialized
Social Justice - Specialized
Bar Subject(s): None
Social Justice & Public Interest (Area of Focus)   More information
Social Justice & Public Interest (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter
    Publisher: University of California Press
    Edition: 2009
    ISBN: 9780520255I59
  • Textbook Name: Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Kevin Bales
    Publisher: University of California Press
    Edition: 2012
    ISBN: 9780520272910

Additional Materials:
The Slave Next Door updated paperback 2010 - Alternate ISBN 9780520268661 Please email me if you have questions at  
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Week 1, Introduction to Human Trafficking Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy Chapter 1: The New Slavery

    1. Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter, The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America
    Today (2009)
    2. Kevin Bales, Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy (updated ed. 2012)

    Additional Information:
    Please see attached syllabus and course materials below. Contact my faculty assistant if you have questions or need assistance. Catherine May at Class will meet on Wednesdays, online via Zoom Time: 6:20PM - 8:00PM

    Spring 2021 Course Syllabus - Human Trafficking Seminar.pdf