Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will chart the social and economic histories of evolving regimes of slavery, forced labour and human trafficking in the making of the modern world. Beginning in the 1400s students will be asked to evaluate the philosophical underpinnings that justified the mass enslavement of human beings, and the thinking that allowed people to be bought, sold and traded as commodities. The sorts of questions students will be asked to explore include what were the social and economic factors that shaped attitudes that promoted or accepted slavery? What were the conditions of enslavement, resistance, and accommodation that have shaped the histories of bonded workers? And how did the forced mobility, or diaspora, of human trafficking impact the modern world? We will also consider the practical and social function of slavery and forced labour regimes in the United State' pre-Civil War, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific as well as World War II Germany and other more contemporary cases.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSallie Yea

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesLectures and in-class activities will assist students in learning and recalling key elements of historical content; tutorials and small-group exercises will assist in deeper comprehension; and essays and research will encourage deeper analysis and evaluation. Assimilation of weekly reading and lecture material and respond in reflective online forums

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 60 credit points at first year


Incompatible subjectsHIS3HTS

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify different systems and elements of slavery and forced labour and analyse their historical significance
02. Apply interpretations of the histories of slavery and forced labour to the contemporary world.
03. Compare the impact of diverse theoretical and conceptual perspectives of slavery on current understanding of and attitudes to slavery.
04. Evaluate core historical questions related to slavery
05. Put historical questions raised in weekly topics to in the context of the overall study of slavery.
06. Appraise and assess historical questions related to weekly topics, and compose responses based in evidence and examples
07. Assimilate and reflect on course material, and draw on this to write a reflective or critical response to the overarching course them

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSallie Yea

Class requirements

Lecture/WorkshopWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via video conference.

TutorialWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Multiple Choice Quizzes (equivalent to 550 words in total)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO5, SILO6

Document Exercise (500 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6

Major Research Essay - draft introduction (500 words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6, SILO7

Major Research Essay (2000 words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6, SILO7