Forced Labour, Trafficking and Global Mobility (351D7ID)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

In our globalised and securitised world, barriers to mobility are increasing and opportunities for legal migration are shrinking. On this module, you’ll examine the structural causes driving forced labour and trafficking.

Global circuits of labour circulation have seemingly made national boundaries irrelevant. But restrictive immigration policies are making it more dangerous and expensive to cross borders. Forced migration has become more prevalent as a result of political conflict, environmental factors and persecution. Through empirical evidence across a range of contexts in the Global South, you’ll examine the ways in which migrants navigate border controls.

On this module, you’ll learn about:

  • globalised circuits of labour circulation
  • racialised and feminised work
  • segmented labour markets
  • global value chains, adverse incorporation of labour
  • hyperprecarity and immigration regimes
  • forced labour
  • critical approaches to human trafficking and human smuggling
  • global and national policies to control human trafficking and smuggling
  • labour market intermediaries, ethical recruitment and costs
  • labour agency – collective action, individual agency and prospects for challenging power structures.


100%: Lecture

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.