HIST 2072 - Human Trafficking: Atlantic Trade to Contemporary

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

Human trafficking is an enduring element of world history. This course will introduce students to the underside of globalization, to the process through which human beings are turned into commodities and bought and sold on the international market. 'Modernity' in the course is seen both through the eyes of the slavers as well as through the eyes of the enslaved, and the combined effect for students will be a dark journey to the depths of the world economy. The course begins with an in-depth assessment of the Atlantic trade and the rise of Europe. But rather than consider this history as safely confined to the past, the second half of the course considers the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in which enslavement changes form, but not function. The ubiquity of enslavement will lead us to many places: Europe, Latin America, North America, the Caribbean, Africa, Australia and Asia. The readings will include prize winning histories of enslavement, a novel, and activist exposes which reveal the contemporary situation. Abolitionism will be a focus as well, from its rise in the nineteenth century to its current resurgence. The major piece of assessment is a primary research paper that will allow students to discover new dimensions of this hidden history.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code HIST 2072
    Course Human Trafficking: Atlantic Trade to Contemporary
    Coordinating Unit History
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Prerequisites 12 units Level I study
    Incompatible HIST 2044 or HIST 3044
    Course Description Human trafficking is an enduring element of world history. This course will introduce students to the underside of globalization, to the process through which human beings are turned into commodities and bought and sold on the international market. 'Modernity' in the course is seen both through the eyes of the slavers as well as through the eyes of the enslaved, and the combined effect for students will be a dark journey to the depths of the world economy. The course begins with an in-depth assessment of the Atlantic trade and the rise of Europe. But rather than consider this history as safely confined to the past, the second half of the course considers the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in which enslavement changes form, but not function. The ubiquity of enslavement will lead us to many places: Europe, Latin America, North America, the Caribbean, Africa, Australia and Asia. The readings will include prize winning histories of enslavement, a novel, and activist exposes which reveal the contemporary situation. Abolitionism will be a focus as well, from its rise in the nineteenth century to its current resurgence. The major piece of assessment is a primary research paper that will allow students to discover new dimensions of this hidden history.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Tom Buchanan

    Phone: 83134682
    Email: thomas.buchanan@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    To be announced.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:
    1 Understanding of a broad body of historical knowledge ranging over time, space, and cultures.
    2 Understanding of change and continuiity over time.
    3 Ability to identify and access a wide variety of relevant primary, secondary, textual and visual materials.
    4 Ability to contextualize, synthesize and critically evaluate historical sources.
    5 Ability to evaluate and generate ideas and to construct evidence-based
    arguments in various formats in a planned an timely manner.
    6 Capacity to frame creative and meaningful questions about the past.
    7 Show how history and historians shape the present and the future.
    8 Ability to communicate effectively within the discipline of history and in related professional contexts.
    9 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies.
    10 Capacity to examine historical issues according to the scholarly and ethical conventions of the discipline of history.
    11 An awareness of the ethical, social and cultural implications of historical enquiry within a global context.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3, 4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 5, 6, 7
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 8
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 9
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 10
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 11
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    To be announced.
    Recommended Resources
    To be announced.
    Online Learning
    Additional resources will be made available through MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures will introduce students to the changing nature of enslavement over time, but will make time for workshops where students will receive guidance on their research papers. Tutorials will focus on core readings which will further reveal lecture material.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Students will commit to the equivalent of 156 hours of study in this course.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The combined learning activities of this course will combine to put the students at the centre of historical discovery, and will make clear the relevance of historical study.
    Specific Course Requirements
    To be announced.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Tutorials will function in this course as a small-group discovery experience, with lectures occassionally supplementing this through structured group work aimed at enhancing student research projects.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    To be announced. Assessment tasks may include papers, quizzes, and exams.


    Assessment Related Requirements
    To be announced.
    Assessment Detail
    To be announced.
    Submission
    To be announced.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    This course follows the standard marking scheme. Further details will be given to you at the beginning of the course.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

    This course will make use of MyUni gradebook.
  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    This course will have a SELT.
  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines

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    These resources reveal an important institutional context for this course.

    The School of History and Politics is committed to upholding the  University's Policy on Occupational
    Health & Safety (OH&S). All staff and students have a legal responsibility to act in the interests  of themselves and others with respect to OH&S. For information on the School's contingency plan and
    emergency procedures, please see the OH&S section on the school website:

    http://www.hss.adelaide.edu.au/historypolitics/ohs


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