Human Trafficking: Causes, Responses, and Current Debates

CSC Course

The course will explore a number of overarching themes necessary to understand the complex dimensions of human trafficking, both in the United States and around the world. By the end of the course, students should expect to have a foundational understanding of human trafficking and modern-day slavery, especially related to:

various typologies of slave-like exploitation today, along with forces that promote them; 
legal frameworks, policy initiatives and civil society responses to fight modern slavery;
and current debates over effective strategies to combat human trafficking and support survivors. 

As part of the course, teams of students will carry out a semester-long project in partnership with our course's client, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), developing educational modules on human trafficking for the CRS Faculty Learning Commons (reaching thousands of university students around the world). 

This course would be particularly relevant for students who may work with or on behalf of vulnerable populations—e.g., migrants, including refugee camp residents, communities in conflict and post-conflict settings, people emerging from natural disasters, those living in extreme poverty. 

This does not have an immersion component.


Chris Cervenak

18 students, limited to undergraduates.
No fee for this seminar
Classes will be held on Thursdays from 5-6:30 p.m.
Application Process: 
  • Please apply online through the CSC application link below.
  • Application process consists of two parts: (1) completed application and (2) a possible interview (you will be notified about interviews via email).

  • You cannot register for the class until you receive registration information from the staff.
  • Notification of placement will happen on a rolling basis.
  • By submitting the application, you confirm you are in good academic standing.



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January 2019

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 4:00pm
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