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Translation Studies Workshop (TRAN90011)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeTRAN90011
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

In this subject students will be introduced to the major theoretical and methodological approaches for analysing and evaluating translations. Through seminars, class discussions and readings, students will gain insight into the central issues in translation studies. The focus is on building the knowledge and analytical skills required for conducting a research project in translation studies.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should :

  • have a sound understanding of the methods and aims of translation research
  • have a comprehensive understanding of the theories underpinning the practice of translation
  • have a critical understanding of the cultural and intellectual foundations of the cultural embedding of translation tasks
  • have a sound understanding of the range of technologies used in translation
  • have advanced skills in negotiating the cultural and intellectual boundaries of the cultures involved.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should be able to -

  • entail the highest possible degree of written competence in at least two languages, with an acute capacity for metalinguistic awareness, and a preparedness to continually improve.
  • be deeply engaged with two cultures and to understand how to mediate between them on behalf of people who do not share both cultures.
  • draw on multiple sources of data to form judgments that are seldom clear-cut, and who are prepared to defend their decisions and to revise them when necessary

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



  • A 1000 word critical essay due week 5 (20%)
  • A class presentation 1,000 words due mid-semester (20%)
  • A 2500 word analytical paper due during the examination period (50%)
  • Class participation, equivalent to 500 words throughout the semester (10%)

Hurdle requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of classes in order to pass this subject. All assessment tasks must be submitted to pass this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. After five working days, assessment submitted without an approved extension will not be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorAnthony Pym
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours24 - One 2-hour seminar per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

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Further information

Last updated: 1 May 2019