AAAS 517. Roots of Human Trafficking: Modern Slavery and Africa. 3 Hours H.

This reading- intensive seminar explores human trafficking in the modern world. It examines labor exploitation and commercialization in a historical perspective. The course aims to explore how Imperialism led to the expansion of human trafficking and how women, men and children experienced labor exploitation in different ways. We examine how forced labor was/is behind the car and bicycle industries, sugar, coffee, and chocolate consumption. Today more than 27 million people are held, sold, and trafficked as slaves around the world. This course discusses similarities and differences between contemporary and historical slavery and analyzes why and how it persists nowadays. Readings include accounts of people held in bondage, case studies, and reports. Students develop familiarity with major historical concepts, themes, and subjects. Students also engage, investigate, and understand history as a process to explain how we make sense of the past and the present. Students carry on a research project throughout the semester about the historical roots of a modern case of slavery and/or human trafficking, producing original scholarship. (Same as HIST 517.) Prerequisite: Successful completion of a history course numbered below 500, or permission of instructor. LEC.