CUS532 Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective (8)

This subject introduces students to the theory and research surrounding a range of transnational crimes, focusing on human trafficking and the organised groups involved in these cross-border crimes.  The subject will consider the criminal supply and demand factors involved and contemporary and emerging issues such as the cross-border exploitation of vulnerable women and children.  Regulatory border responses will be evaluated.


Session 1 (30)
Canberra Campus
Session 2 (60)
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CUS532. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Centre for Customs and Excise Studies

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Analyse the range of transnational organised exploitative crime, and evaluate the contemporary and emerging threats in a regional and global context, and formulate plans to prevent, or reduce it;
  • Analyse complex issues regarding the supply and demand factors surrounding human trafficking, including the role of women;
  • Evaluate critically the harms associated with the transnational exploitation of vulnerable women and children; and
  • Evaluate critically current border responses to human trafficking and other transnational organised exploitative crimes with a view to informing and influencing professional practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Human Trafficking
  • Transnational Organised Crime in Context
  • Theory, Conditional Vulnerability
  • Child Exploitation
  • Supply and Demand Countries
  • Victim Vulnerabilities
  • Role of Women
  • Border Regulatory Responses

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.