Pre-College Programs
Brown Leadership Institute

« Return to Course Catalog

Informed Leadership: Combating Human Trafficking Globally

Course enrollment will be available for this course once it is scheduled.

Course Description

In the past decade, human trafficking has rapidly risen to the top of the global human rights agenda. This course introduces students to the varying definitions of human trafficking in law and practice in a variety of global contexts. It provides an overview of critical debates in "modern day slavery" studies, including: gender, labor, migrant, and sexual rights. High school students will be interested in this topic because there are an abundance of anti-trafficking student groups that have emerged on college campuses within the past decade.

This course uses several key theoretical frameworks to understand contemporary human trafficking and the anti-trafficking movement. These concepts include: human rights, transnational justice movements, gender equality, and migrant labor rights. Attuned to the different stakeholders in the anti-trafficking movement, as well as the different moral and ideological responses to trafficking, and the crucial experiences of victims of human trafficking this course explores contemporary debates in this field. This course provides a foundation for future studies in a range of interdisciplinary social science and humanities fields including: law, sociology, development studies, gender studies, political science, and American studies.

Students will be able to identify the types of human trafficking as defined by the United Nations Palermo Protocol and United States Trafficking Victims Protection Act. In addition, they will become familiar with different types of anti-trafficking interventions undertaken in different countries throughout the world. Merging understanding of the problem of human trafficking, with different practical solutions, will enable them to draft their own Action Plans by the end of the course.

Please Note:

This course is part of the Leadership Institute program, a 2-week immersive experience with busy days. Our mission is to help students develop and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes associated with effective and socially responsible leadership. The Leadership Institute consists of three elements: academic content, leadership development, and the Action Plan. Participants are intellectually curious and compassionate students who are interested in social issues and creating positive change.

Additional programmatic information can be found here

youtube instagram