Rosemead School of Psychology
Human Trafficking
What is human trafficking and what can you do to help fight it?
Human Trafficking
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Overview

Some people think that human trafficking only happens overseas. 

They are wrong.

Some people see prostitution as a victimless crime. 

They are wrong.

Some people think that most commercial sexual exploitation happens on seedy street corners.

They are wrong.

Some people think that all human trafficking victims will immediately appreciate assistance.

They are wrong.

By now, most of us have heard the phrase human trafficking. But does it mean that there is really more awareness concerning this issue? Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions and stereotypes related to modern slavery. It is indeed a very complex, multidisciplinary and multifaceted issue, and we must be careful not to reduce it to what is most frequently featured in the media. In this course, you will catch a glimpse of this complexity, learning about official definitions of human trafficking, forms of modern slavery, victims and perpetrators. As a result, you will hopefully become more sensitive to “the slave next door” and more alert to some red flags. Due to the nature of the topic, this will not be a fun experience, but it is likely to be rewarding to you personally and to those around you. Your commitment to finish the course is important because the last lesson provides information about what can and is being done to fight human trafficking. 

Whether you are taking the course on your own or in a group setting, you will have a chance to test your knowledge and to reflect upon the material. Hopefully, you can become critical in your thinking and able to distinguish between different sources of information about human trafficking. By seeing it in a historical and cultural context, you may feel called to action, and if this is the case, the introductory knowledge provided in this course will be the first step in equipping you.

What You Earn
Instructor
Laura Dryjanska
Rosemead School of Psychology

Laura Dryjanska obtained a European/International Joint PhD in Social Representations and Communication in the field of social psychology at the Sapienza University of Rome (Italy) in 2012. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Sapienza University of Rome and is currently an Assistant Professor for Rosemead School of Psychology. Human trafficking constitutes one of her main research interests. Dr. Dryjanska is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish, Russian, and Polish (her mother tongue).

Dr. Dryjanska belongs to INTERFASOL, the European interdisciplinary network of scientists funded by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST), action IS1311, dedicated to intergenerational family solidarity across Europe. She is also a member of both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP). As a result of her interest in human trafficking, Dr. Dryjanska recently served as the Coordinator for Italy of the Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery; among other engagements, she represented this organization during:

  • the Working Group on “Trafficking in Human Beings: Modern Slavery” organized in 2013 by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and of the Social Sciences (Final Statement) in Holy See, Vatican City;
  • the Green Light Project Presentation with the Salvation Army in 2015 in Rome, Italy.
  • the Freedom from Slavery Forum in 2017, a “prestigious gathering of anti-slavery leaders from around the world” at Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA.

Rosemead School of Psychology is a top psychology school for Christians who want to integrate their faith with their field. Here, you’ll learn from respected professors who are committed to the integration of psychology and theology — bringing together the scientific, research-driven study of human behavior with biblical perspectives on human flourishing. In the process, you’ll be equipped with knowledge and skills for professional roles in clinical psychology, therapy, counseling, teaching and research.

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Syllabus

Course Introduction
Video
In this first lesson we will look at what human...
Overview
The Story of Joseph
Video
Human Trafficking Definitions
Video
What? Why? Who?
Video
The Dehumanization of Human Trafficking
Video
Lesson 1 - Quiz
Quiz
Human Trafficking: What? Reflection
Reflection
What scene comes to your mind when you think...
Overview
Why Do We Care as Christians?
Video
TIP Report
Video
Legal Perspective
Video
The Scope of Modern Slavery
Video
Lesson 2 - Quiz
Quiz
Related Reading (Optional)
Misc
Human Trafficking: Where and When? Reflection
Reflection
Sex trafficking is inevitably linked to...
Overview
Theology of the Value of Women
Video
Sex Trafficking and Prostitution
Video
International Perspective: Italy and Argentina
Video
Biblical View of Sex
Video
Lesson 3 - Quiz
Quiz
Human Trafficking: Sexual Exploitation Reflection
Reflection
After completing this lesson, you will be able...
Overview
Jesus Loves Children
Video
Trafficking Victims under 18
Video
International Perspective: UK and India
Video
Spiritual and Cultural Context of Child Slavery
Video
Lesson 4 - Quiz
Quiz
Human Trafficking and Children Reflection
Reflection
What do survivors of human trafficking have in...
Overview
The Story of Rahab
Video
Understanding the Victim
Video
Service Provider's Perspective
Video
New Creation in Christ
Video
Lesson 5 - Quiz
Quiz
Human Trafficking Survivors Reflection
Reflection
As a result of this lesson, you will be able to...
Overview
Slaves to Righteousness
Video
Four P's framework
Video
Public Health Perspective
Video
Partnership to Combat Human Trafficking
Video
Lesson 6 - Quiz
Quiz
Fighting Human Trafficking Reflection
Reflection
Recommended Resources
Misc
Course Evaluation
Misc

Course FAQ

Each lesson is designed to take approximately 1-2 hours, depending on how deeply you engage the reflection questions. Since this is a self-paced course, the time it will take you to complete it will depend on the speed with which you want to progress through the course.

No. The course contains everything you need to successfully complete the course. There are resources recommended at the end of the course that you are free to purchase if you wish to pursue further study on the course topic.

Since this course is designed as a completely self-paced experience, you will not have any interaction with the professor during the course.