Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery (717M3)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This module is about the international law of human trafficking and modern slavery.

It focuses on:

  • The identification of human trafficking and forced labour cases: Definition and identification of different forms of human trafficking and modern slavery offered by the ILO and the UK Modern Slavery Act
  • Prosecution of the traffickers: Examining the role of criminal justice in counter-trafficking interventions especially relating to organized crime groups
  • Prevention of human trafficking and modern slavery - the case of immigration law: Discussing whether tighter immigration controls help or hinder the prevention of human trafficking and modern slavery
  • Protection of victims: Addressing how asylum law protects victims of human trafficking and modern slavery.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 278 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: