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Translation in Research (MULT90041)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 6.25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeMULT90041
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Translation is a fundamental tool for academic research. The dissemination and exchange of knowledge across cultures is often made possible through translation. Current academic scholarship tends to accept translations uncritically, disregarding the highly varied and in some cases conflicting translative practices. This subject explores such practices and the theories underpinning them by looking at the modern and contemporary thinkers (Montaigne, Foucault, and Derrida to mention a few) who addressed the ethical, cultural and political implications behind current academic uses of translation. At the end of this subject students will acquire a more critical and nuanced understanding of the transmission and reception of cultural texts.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • critical and nuanced understanding of the transmission of cultural texts;
  • an ability to reflect upon their own research work in relation to translation; and
  • enhanced engagement with leading-edge research in particular areas of the Humanities and Social Sciences today.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


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


Additional details

  • 500-word Conference Abstract (write up of seminar presentation completed in teaching period) (20%), due one week after presentation.
  • 2,000-word case study essay (80%), due two weeks after the end of the teaching period.
  • Hurdle: Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of classes in order to pass this subject.

Dates & times

  • July
    Principal coordinatorBirgit Lang
    CoordinatorAndrea Rizzi
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursTotal 12 hours: 3 x 4 hour seminars
    Total time commitment85 hours
    Teaching period26 July 2019 to 6 September 2019
    Last self-enrol date 2 August 2019
    Census date 9 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail30 August 2019
    Assessment period ends20 September 2019

    July contact information

Time commitment details

85 Hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

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

  • 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.

    Additional information for this subject

    Subject coordinator approval required

Last updated: 1 June 2019