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Introduction to Language Translation (ARTS30002)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeARTS30002
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Translation is not a simple language replacement exercise; it is one of the main ways in which cultures shape political thought, literature, and science. This subject will offer answers to basic questions about how this happens. What are the main solutions available to translators? What goes on in the translating brain? How can technologies help translators? How does translation change in accordance with different languages and text genres? Students will also gain hands-on experience with the practical skills of post-editing, translation memories and subtitling.

Intended learning outcomes

Students that successfully complete this subject will demonstrate:

  • Critical awareness of the ways translators transform texts.
  • Engagement with the main arguments concerning the ideals of translation.
  • Critical reflection on the student's own translation practice.
  • Basic skills in post-editing, translation memories and subtitling.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Basic social proficiency level in a foreign language.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


  • Hurdle requirement
  • hours
  • Hurdle requirement: Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 80% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of assessment must be submitted to pass this subject. Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10 marks per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.
Throughout the semesterN/A
  • Review of a position or research article
  • 1000 words
Week 530%
  • Test on applied translation technologies (equivalent to 500 words)
  • 500 words
Week 920%
  • Major project (annotated translation, translation criticism or position paper)
  • 2500 words
During the examination period40%
  • Participation and engagement
Throughout the semester10%

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    CoordinatorAnthony Pym
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 8 August 2019