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GBST 300: Perspectives in Globalization (Professor Nash)

GBST 300: Research Assignment

Group Project Guidelines:

Students will be allocated to one of six groups made up of seven students to work together on a research project focused on the topic of human trafficking. To begin, each group member should choose one of the following roles:

  • Role 1: Proposal Writer: Research Question, Introduction, Significance & Reference List (1,000 words not including reference list) + Activity Group Leader 1 (15 minutes)

  • Role 2: Proposal Writer: Literature Review, Methodology & Reference List (1,000 words not including reference list) + Activity Group Leader 2 (15 minutes)

  • Role 3: Proposal Writer: Literature Review, Outline/Timetable & Reference List (1,000 words not including outline/timetable or reference list) + Activity Group Leader 3 (15 minutes)

  • Role 4: Essay Writer: Introduction, Conclusion & Bibliography (1,000 words not including bibliography) + Activity Group Leader 4 (15 minutes)

  • Role 5: Essay Writer: Statement of Problem/Evaluation of Responses (1,000 words not including bibliography) + Oral Presenter 1 (5 minutes + slides)

  • Role 6: Essay Writer: Argument & Analysis (1,000 words not including bibliography) + Oral Presenter 2 (5 minutes + slides)

  • Role 7: Essay Writer: Argument & Analysis (1,000 words not including bibliography) + Oral Presenter 3 (5 minutes + slides)

This group project is made up of four components: 1) proposal, 2) oral presentation & discussion, 3) research essay and 4) self-reflection/confidential peer evaluations. Together, these components are intended to develop students' core disciplinary knowledge, enhance independent and group research skills, written (academic) and verbal communication skills and demonstrate students' ability to develop original, critical thinking. It will require each group to research one of the types of or responses to human trafficking (see below), assess it from three perspectives (local, national and global) and present their research to the class during Week 13 of the semester.

Types of International Human Trafficking

A. Sex trafficking: The practice of illegally transporting people from one country or area to another for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

B. Involuntary domestic servitude: Transportation of individuals to work in a private residence where the domestic worker is not free to leave their employment/employer and is abused and underpaid, if paid at all.

C. Migrant workers: Illegal transportation of individuals for work in which these individuals undocumented status makes them vulnerable for exploitation and abuse.

D. Debt bondage: Debt bondage is another form of human trafficking in which an individual is forced to work in order to pay a debt.

E. Organ trafficking: Illegal organ harvesting from a living or dead individual and the illegal sale and transplantation of human organs.

International Responses

A. Prevention: role of IGOs, NGOs, and state governments (e.g. international laws, domestic laws, and on-the-ground intervention and prevention techniques)

B. Protection: international victim protection & assistance; available tools/policies, victim trust funds, examples of NGOs, churches

C. Prosecution: international law enforcement and prosecution: such as Interpol, training, education, coordination with domestic law enforcement (e.g. FBI)

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