In this course, students pick a product created in any region of the world and write a paper analyzing the supply chain and the role of human trafficking in the supply chain. Because students often have a difficult time choosing a product that they can successfully research, the librarian does an initial session to help student choose a product. This session teaches them to pre-research the products they are considering to determine whether there is enough information available for them to write their paper.
Once the students have chosen their product and are working on their supply chain paper, the librarian holds sessions during smaller meetings of discussion groups to cover more in-depth research, answer questions and help with the trouble spots.
Later in the semester, students do a service learning project with a local organization that focuses on human trafficking. As part of this service learning project, students create an awareness campaign drawing upon course readings and outside research.
The faculty members developed the assignment prompts with input from the librarian. In addition to in-person sessions and individual consultations with students by appointment, the librarian developed a course research guide.
The assignment prompts may be used with attribution to Dr. Noël Busch-Armendariz and Dr. Melissa Torres, School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin.
Updated August 2017
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