TRNS5001 Introduction to Translation Studies

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Content
This unit introduces translation studies through a consideration of fundamental driver for the field, language and cultural differences. A central purpose of this unit is to help students develop understanding of the purposes, aims and methodologies of translation research which is closely related with other disciplines like Sociology, Linguistics, Area Studies, Cultural Studies, History, and so on. Case studies are used to illustrate the important social and cultural role played by translation in promoting cross-cultural and cross-linguistic understanding. The unit is suitable for students of diverse language expertise and for students working on any language combination. Teaching modes include workshops, seminars and lectures. Students are required to participate actively in the teaching through group discussions and seminar presentations.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) develop an understanding of purposes, aims and methodologies of translation studies; (2) be conversant with the development of translation studies in national and regional contexts as motivated by cross-cultural and cross-linguistic communication in different historical periods; and (3) develop critical analytical skills by analysing translations produced in different social, cultural and historical contexts.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) questions, quizzes and participation and (2) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Anna Gadd
Contact hours
24 hours
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