Graduate Certificate in Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Law & Business, Fremantle & Sydney Campuses

The Graduate Certificate in Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking explores the complex and mostly hidden crimes associated with modern slavery and human trafficking. The program provides knowledge and skills to empower you, as an individual and as a leader in your workplace and the wider community, to work proactively to put an end to the exploitation of vulnerable people. The Graduate Certificate is a foundation program that leads on to the Graduate Diploma and the Masters level program.

  • About this program

    Estimates put the number of people affected by modern slavery at about 40 million people. The majority of these people are in developing countries, but there are also people in developed countries, including Australia. Human trafficking is part of this sinister crime that involves treating people as commodities to be exploited for financial gain.

    Many organisations with international supply chains are unaware of the complex issues pertaining to modern slavery and human trafficking. How does the demand for goods and services contribute to unethical practices, and how do business decisions intersect with the exploitation of labour in developed and developing countries?

    The four courses in the Graduate Certificate cover these practical topics relating to business practices and legal compliance, plus law enforcement and ethical and moral leadership. You’ll enhance your ability to analyse, interpret, draw conclusions, problem-solve and communicate. These are the skills of the 21st century workplace.

  • Program outline

    The Graduate Certificate has two required courses BUSN5006 Ethical Production of Goods and Services and LAWS5000 Law and Modern Slavery. You can then select two courses depending on your professional or personal interests.

    Students complete these two (2) required courses (50 credits):

    Students complete two (2) of the following courses (50 credits):

    • ARTS5000 Modern Slavery and Global Politics
    • ARTS5XXX Policing Human Trafficking
    • BUSN5750 Organisations: Power, Leadership and Transformation

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

  • Mode of study and assessment

    The required courses of the Graduate Certificate are delivered online to reach as many students as possible. There may be synchronous sessions that allow you to engage with the lecturer and other students, plus pre-recorded videos and readings and other learning materials. Our experienced academics will guide you on your learning journey and engage expert guest speakers and presenters where appropriate.

    Some of the elective courses are also available online and other elective courses are offered in a blended mode which means some learning opportunities are delivered online and others are face to face. You can select the study mode that suits you best when selecting your two elective courses.

    Courses may be organised over a 13 week period or a shorter, more compact time frame. You can study the Graduate Certificate on a fulltime or part time basis.

    Assessments for each course will encourage you to deepen your learning by fully engaging with materials and conducting your own investigations

  • Entry requirements

    University Admission Requirements

    To be eligible for admission to The University of Notre Dame Australia, all applicants must meet the University’s minimum requirements for admission. The requirements for admission are detailed in the University’s Policy: Admissions

    Specific Program Requirements for Admission

    To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking applicants must also meet the following specific requirements:

    Students must have as a minimum qualification, a recognised Bachelor degree (AQF level 7 qualification) or equivalent in any discipline area.

    Applicants without a Bachelor level qualification may be eligible to enter the Program if they have at least two years’ experience in a related field. This would be determined on a case-by-case basis.

  • Fees and costs

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

    For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees page.

  • More information

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    Fremantle (08) 9433 0533 or Sydney (02) 82044404

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