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Counter Human Trafficking in Southeast Asia (SEA)

Human trafficking is often described as the new form of slavery for the 21st century. Despite difficulties in collecting data, recent analyses confirm that it is a serious and ongoing problem in many areas and much still needs to be done to prevent it, protect victims and ultimately eradicate it. In recent years, work has been carried out on the impact of counter trafficking, but more is needed on counter trafficking itself.

This online course is going to examine the programmes, practices and activities of counter trafficking by analysing aspects such as raids and rescues, litigation, organising, education. In particular, it will do so by looking at the specific case of South-East Asia (SEA).

The course is going to speak to experts in this area from trade unions, NGOs, international organisations and ask them how counter trafficking is done, what kind of organisations are involved, what the successes, challenges and failures are and what the role of research is, with the aim to equip participants with valuable insights, knowledge and skills.

Course Outline

This online course will study the programmes, practices and activities of counter trafficking. It will do so by speaking to experts from Trade Unions, NGOs and International Organisations who will examine case studies from their work and will debate the efficacy of actions in this area.

The course is structured in five Classes. The first Class provides an overview of trafficking, including definitions, laws, mechanisms and tools, with a specific focus on Southeast Asia. Class 2 examines advocacy around law and policy, including the importance of harmonisation. Class 3 discusses research on trafficking and some challenges, such as determining numbers and agreeing upon a definition. Class 4 debates the role of trade unions, which is crucial in ensuring that workers are informed and their rights are respected. Class 5 examines the challenges, strengths and weaknesses of current programming in countering child trafficking.

The course is self-paced and consists of interviews, case-studies and quizzes.

Lecturers and Experts

The course has been developed under the leadership of the Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in Asia Pacific (APMA) coordinated by Institute for Human Rights and Peace Studies at Mahidol University, Thailand, which is one of the seven regional programmes of the Global Campus of Human Rights. In line with the Global Campus approach to teaching, the course includes inputs by experts drawn from a cross-section of constituencies, enabling participants to benefit from rich and varied competences, experiences and knowledge.


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • identify key regional/national stakeholders in business, government, and civil society sectors and map relationships between them;
  • know legal standards and mechanisms at the international/regional/national level, and their inter-relationship;
  • think critically about challenges to enforcement and ability to explain gaps between standards and compliance;
  • identify violations and groups most vulnerable to trafficking;
  • debate the effectiveness of protection measures such as raids and shelters, identifying key priorities and challenges in research on trafficking;
  • understand and assess programming and actions in counter trafficking;
  • identify key points of advocacy around law and policy.





How do I enrol in the course?

In order to enrol, please follow the instructions on our “How to Enrol” webpage. This will then lead you to the OpenEdX course page. Once you are there, you can start the enrolment process by clicking the "enrol" button

Is there a selection procedure to participate in the course?

The course is an Online Course, which means we do not select participants on any basis. Rather, we welcome anyone who is interested in learning more about the topic to enrol and audit for free. Those who wish to obtain proof of completion have the option to receive a Certificate and Transcript of Record upon payment of a small fee.



Do I need to pay any fee to audit the course?

There are no fees if you only audit the course. A Certificate of Completion is available upon request and payment of a small fee for all those who successfully complete the Final Quiz (see below for details on the certificate).



Is the course accessible to persons with disabilities?

We want all participants in our courses to enjoy a great learning experience and we strive to always improve accessibility. Each week of the course includes one or two video lectures with accompanying transcripts and reading materials. The texts are in PDF format, work at low bandwidths, are printable and can be zoomed to the desired size. Some readings may include pages from accessible websites. This makes all of them accessible to those who use assistive technology software such as screen readers. Likewise, weekly discussions and module quizzes can be completed through our platform which is accessible, for example, to people who use speech input, keyboard accessible controls or text to speech tools. For more details please visit EdX Website Accessibility Policy.


Structure and content

Is there a schedule for the course or is it self-directed?

The course is self-paced so participants can study in their own time.

How can I check my learning from the course?

Quizzes are foreseen throughout the course in order for you to check your understanding and progress. They consist of different types of questions (true/false; yes/no; multiple choice; multiple answer; dropdown; drag and drop…). You can have unlimited attempts and can see what answers you got wrong/right. However, for a more effective and satisfactory learning experience we warmly encourage you to take the quizzes after having prepared for them properly and not at random. Also, remember to press the submit button in each question to make sure the answers are recorded in our system.

What are the requirements to complete the course?

To complete the course you must pass all the quizzes. If you complete the course as auditor, you will not receive a certificate. If you wish to receive an official Certificate of Completion and Transcript of Records, you will have to pass the Final Quiz. Once you have done that, you can then request the Certificate upon payment of a small fee.


Certificate of participation

What do I need to do to get the certificate of completion?

If you so wish, at the end of the course - and if you have successfully passed the Final Quiz and paid a small fee - you will receive an official certificate confirming the completion of the course and your records. Before submitting your request in the certificate page, please make sure you have submitted the Welcome Survey and the User Experience Survey.

Why should I request a certificate?

If you plan to use your course for job applications, promotions, or school applications, you may prefer to have a certificate that is officially signed and accompanied by a transcript of records. It is also a great way to give yourself an incentive to complete the course and celebrate your success.

I am not interested in a certificate. Can I still audit a course?

Yes. All our courses can be audited for free. If you audit a course, you can participate in any or all activities and quizzes and complete them, but you will not receive a certificate. Do you still want some proof of participation? You can simply print the progress chart that you will find in your course page.


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