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Coursera offers FREE online course in Human Trafficking!

  • Aug 20, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • Coursera Online

An amazing opportunity for anyone interested in human trafficking. Highly acclaimed online educator Coursera is offering a free course this summer covering the subject in considerable depth over four weeks, requiring just 2 to 4 hours a week. Course will begin August 20th. Read the details below and sign up before the course is filled.

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The Ohio State University

Human Trafficking

Did you know that human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery? Slavery has been around since the beginning of civilization and still persists across our world today. As a human rights issue, it is important to increase awareness as a starting point down the journey toward freedom for all.

This course will provide a thorough discussion on domestic and global human trafficking from both a social work perspective and a general knowledge-base lens. Students will be provided an opportunity to follow the general knowledge track as well as a social work track which will add additional materials focusing on human trafficking from the perspective and expectations of the social work professional. 

Students who choose to focus on this course from a general knowledge point of view will be provided with a hefty dose of materials on human trafficking from a non-social work perspective.  

As a whole, students will become familiar with the forms, severity, and extent of various forms of trafficking that exist around the globe. Push and pull factors involved in trafficking as they relate to the major legal, political, social and economic factors that contribute to human trafficking will be discussed. Laws, anti-trafficking policies and rescue and restore programs on human trafficking will be highlighted.

An exploration of the characteristics and special needs of victims (adults and children), their life experiences, and their trafficking trajectories will be discussed. 

Last, students will acquire introductory knowledge of the role of world citizens, politicians, law enforcement, the judicial systems, social workers, non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), and others in the resolution of human trafficking from a social work and a non-social work social justice perspective.

Course Syllabus

Week One: Introduction to Human Trafficking

Week Two: Laws and Policies

Week Three: The Impact on the Victim

Week Four: Interventions - From Victim to Survivor

Recommended Background:
No background is required; all are welcome to join in our exploration.

Suggested Readings
There are many valuable resources to learn about the impact of Human Trafficking. Here are two to get started for now.  

H.R. 898: Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2013

Global Report on Trafficking in Persons - 2012

Join the class and you'll have access to many more as we journey through this exploration together.Course FormatThe class will consist of short lecture videos (5-10 minutes).  Supplementary readings will also be assigned and may be used in online peer discussions.  

To fully participate in this course, students will create one Public Service Announcement (PSA) project and write one brief paper.  

Discussions will be encouraged to help expand everyone's knowledge of human trafficking and brainstorm interventions to help rid the world of it.

Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?

Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.

Other than an Internet connection, what resources will I need for this class?

Access to audio and/or video recording tools will be helpful for completion of the public service announcement should you choose to create something that is multimedia in nature.

What is the coolest thing I'll learn if I take this class?

Everyone -- including you -- can do something to rid the world of human trafficking. 

August 2014 & Future Sessions

Course at a Glance
4 weeks  
2-4 hours of work / week, English, English subtitles

Jacquelyn Meshelemiah
The Ohio State University

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