Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedNot offered in 2015


This unit examines and evaluates the evolution of the international law response to the global problem of human trafficking, and the application of the definition of trafficking in the Trafficking Protocol. It examines the overlaps between human trafficking, forced labour and slavery. It describes and evaluates the implementation of the Trafficking Protocol obligations to cooperate, prevent and protect in Australian law, and compares the Australian response to regional and international responses. It considers and evaluates the human rights implications of competing anti-trafficking 'agendas'; gender and prostitution, labour migration, child labour, and criminal justice.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of recent developments in relation to legal responses to human trafficking and their human rights implications with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to human trafficking from different perspectives, namely gender and prostitution, labour migration, child labour, and criminal justice
  • Conduct research on issues in relation to human trafficking based on knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods
  • Use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to the problem of human trafficking.


Research assignment (3,750 words): 50%
Take-home examination (3,750 words): 50%
Research assignment (7,500 words): 100%

Workload requirements

Students enrolled in this unit will be provided with 24 contact hours of seminars per semester whether intensive, semi-intensive, or semester-long offering. Students will be expected to do reading set for class, and to undertake additional research and reading applicable to a 6 credit point unit.

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