DSP5300 Forced Migration & Human Trafficking
This course will examine the global crisis of human trafficking and forced migration from the perspective of Christian theology and ethics. This course is designed to help students gain a better understanding of contemporary human trafficking and modern day slavery. Social-scientific, legal, public policy, and autobiographical resources will be used to frame the phenomenon of human trafficking; and theological/ethical categories such as human dignity and freedom, sin and redemption, neighbor love, and solidarity will be used to illuminate and assess its dimensions. During this course, students will learn important terminology in this field, the different types of human trafficking that exist and an understanding of the scope of the problem, both domestically and globally. You will also learn about the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual trauma experienced by victims of human trafficking and the methods used to recruit and control them. The roles that entities such as government, the media, faith-based organizations, organized crime and culture play in this complex human rights and social (in)justice issue will also be explored. Specific attention will be dedicated to understanding what can be done to fight against the spreading of these contemporary forms of slavery and of human trafficking.