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.


100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

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.

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.