MA Translation and Interpreting Studies / Course details
Year of entry: 2024
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Course unit details:
Introduction to Translation and Interpreting studies
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
This course unit provides students with a grounding in contemporary theories of translation and interpreting from the 1960s until the present time.
The first half of the course focuses on linguistic approaches, specifically the analysis and description of texts, using a range of skills and concepts from linguistics and sociolinguistics. The second half of the course explores approaches to translation that are employed in translation studies beyond linguistic approaches, or in conjunction with them, including:
- systems approaches
- sociological approaches
- feminist approaches
- postcolonial approaches
Sessions and exercises in both parts will connect with existing literature in translation and interpreting studies, as both examples and as the basis for exercises and discussions where relevant.This course also provides a foundation for MA writing in translation and interpreting, using exercises and coursework to cover issues related to academic writing, critical reading, and the integration of textual analysis with other forms of analysis.
- To provide students with a metalanguage for analysing a broad range of texts and utterances, including their own translation and interpreting outputs
- To enable students to write critically about methods and categories of textual analysis
- To introduce key paradigms of research in translation and interpreting studies
- To develop awareness of the relationship between theory and practice
- To equip students with effective research and analytical skills
Knowledge and understanding
- Demonstrate a firm grasp of the metalanguage used to discuss and analyse spoken and written texts
- Understand how linguistic issues can affect translation decisions, connecting theory with practice as well as micro-linguistic choices with wider issues
- Be familiar with the major disciplinary approaches in translation and interpreting studies since the 1960s
- Analyse written and spoken texts
- Evaluate translation choices using appropriate concepts and metalanguage
- Critically assess relevant academic literature
- Develop and sustain a coherent argument in appropriately lucid and scholarly terms
- Make informed decisions about translation and interpreting (in practice)
- Evaluate your own decisions and the decisions of others with reference to linguistic as well as cultural/social/political concerns
- Select and synthesise literature to back up an argument
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Structure ideas clearly and present a well-structured analysis or argument
- Adhere to guidelines and present a professional written product
- Plan and carry out written assignments to a strict deadline
- Analytical skills
- Time management
- Problem solving
- Structuring an argument
- Supporting arguments with evidence
1. Critical review - 30%
2. Critical essay - 70%
If only one assessment task has been failed, that task will be resat.
If both tasks have been failed, Assessment 2 will be resat.
Formative or Summative
Written feedback on written assignments
Oral feedback on group discussions in seminars
Peer feedback through seminars
The readings listed here are indicative overviews of topics, elements of which may be part of the actual course reading list. This is not, however, the reading list itself, which is largely made up of individual scholarly articles on various topics.
- Baer, Brian J. and Christopher D. Mellinger (2019) Translating Texts: An Introductory Coursebook on Translation and Text Formation, London & New York: Routledge.
- Baker, Mona (1992/2011) In Other Words, London & New York: Routledge.
- Baker, Mona (ed.) (2010) Critical Readings in Translation Studies, London & New York: Routledge.
- Bermann, Sandra and Catherine Porter (2014) A Companion to Translation Studies, Wiley Blackwell.
- Hatim, Basil and Ian Mason (1990) Discourse and the Translator, London & New York: Longman.
- Munday, Jeremy (2001/2008/2012) Introducing Translation Studies, London & New York: Routledge (third edition).
- Venuti, Lawrence (2000/2004/2012) The Translation Studies Reader (first, second and third editions), London & New York: Routledge.
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|Kasia Szymanska||Unit coordinator|
|Henry Jones||Unit coordinator|
|Anna Strowe||Unit coordinator|