INTLSTD 401 - International Studies Advanced Seminar
Winter 2022, Section 002 - Human Smuggling, and Human Trafficking in International and Comparative Perspective
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: International Studies (INTLSTD)
Department: LSA II: International and Comparative Studies
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Details

Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Enforced Prerequisites:
Junior standing or above.
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying human smuggling and human trafficking.

The class will critically analyze the political economic, human rights, and global health dimensions of human trafficking. Using a theoretically-informed approach, students will examine both high profile cases such as the illicit organ trade, commercial surrogacy, and sex tourism, as well as less known forms of trafficking. These include debt bondage in Thai shrimp processing plants, construction workers laboring under the Kefala system in the Gulf region, and domestic workers in the homes of diplomats in Washington, DC. Placing the contemporary discourse on “modern slavery” in historical perspective will illuminate similarities and differences with the transatlantic slave trade in the eighteenth century.

Migrants are swept into smuggling and trafficking networks when economic and security issues arise in countries of origin, and opportunities for legal migration are limited. In destination countries, the demand for low skilled labor and the expectation of low cost products are contributing factors. Human smuggling is often a gateway to human trafficking. The class will therefore consider both states’ obligations to protect migrant rights and the limitations of contemporary migration management.

Weekly readings include case studies on class themes as well as theoretical articles to mobilize analytic thinking. For full credit, students will also engage with videos, music, poetry, artwork, and other media on the topics of human smuggling and trafficking.

Students will be evaluated on the basis of bi-weekly written responses to the course readings, active participation in seminar discussion, and a final paper focused on any of the international studies sub-plans.

 

As a result of this course students will:

  • Be able to analyze the relationships between sex, gender, and human rights
  • Gain tools for analyzing the visual iconography concerned with human trafficking
  • Be able to think critically about the balance between national security and migrants’ rights
  • Understand the political economy of human trafficking and its relationship to economic globalization

Course Requirements:

Class participation, three written reflections, group case study, and individual final project.

Intended Audience:

International Studies Majors and Minors

Class Format:

Seven themed modules explored through readings and lectures.

Schedule

INTLSTD 401 - International Studies Advanced Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
18186
Open
13
13LSA INT'L STUDIES MAJ & MIN
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
 In Person
19999
Open
5
7LSA INT'L STUDIES MAJ & MIN
-
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
003 (SEM)
 In Person
24357
Open
15
13LSA INT'L STUDIES MAJ & MIN
-
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
004 (SEM)
 In Person
26024
Open
6
7LSA INT'L STUDIES MAJ & MIN
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
005 (SEM)
 In Person
30580
Closed
0
 
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Tu 10:00AM - 1:00PM
006 (SEM)
 In Person
29779
Open
2
 
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MW 11:00AM - 12:30PM
Note: This class will meet together with STS 499.
007 (SEM)
 In Person
35905
Closed
0
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
008 (SEM)
 In Person
35968
Closed
0
2LSA INT'L STUDIES MAJ & MIN
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
009 (SEM)
 In Person
37151
Open
13
7LSA INT'L STUDIES MAJ & MIN
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
010 (SEM)
 In Person
24427
Closed
0
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
011 (SEM)
 In Person
35804
Open
16
3LSA INT'L STUDIES MAJ & MIN
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
012 (SEM)
 In Person
37455
Open
16
9LSA INT'L STUDIES MAJ & MIN
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W 1:00PM - 4:00PM

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