CRITICAL CONCEPTS AND THEORIES OF TRANSLATION - 2017/8

Module code: TRA3035

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

ASIMAKOULAS D Dr (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

JACs code

Q910

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 24

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY ONE (2000 WORDS) 50%
Coursework ESSAY TWO (2000 WORDS) 50%

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Level 5 or European university equivalent or equivalent language competence.

Module overview

This module provides an overview of the main theoretical premises that underpin Translation Studies as an independent discipline. It offers students the opportunity to use theoretical concepts as aids of problem solving, describing/assessing translation and promoting translators’ self-image or of becoming aware of cultural and ideological issues linked to translation. Different text types are examined in practical exercises used throughout the module, ranging from the creative (museum and tourism texts, news items, international/localized websites, subtitled excerpts, novels) to the more factual (official documents, popular science texts, medical texts, instruction manuals, public information leaflets), also focusing on various units of translation (from specialised terms and interlinked sentences to ‘text acts’ and non-verbal components). 

Module aims

This module aims to familiarise students with some of the principal approaches in Translation Studies, including its evolution as a discipline. This will form the basis for the discussion of how such approaches can be evaluated and applied to practical translation problems.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Apply micro- and macro-analytical frameworks to the analysis of existing translations or of texts that can be translated; C
Gain an understanding of the applicability of translation theory to  problems in translation; PT
Develop and apply a range of reflective practice techniques related to translation; T
Actively use the appropriate terminology relating to linguistic and cultural issues in translation; KC
Critically assess translation performance across a variety of genres; KC
Identify and discuss major stages of the development of translation studies; C
Synthesize and evaluate major trends and models of translation theory and apply these. KC

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

The module offers an overview of various strands in translation theory and attempts to formulate principles about translation. It also provides a comprehensive overview of important concepts such as equivalence, loyalty, ethics of practice and professional norms. Students are encouraged to approach various frameworks in a critical manner and assess the extent to which an awareness of theoretical approaches helps translators find appropriate solutions. The scope of the discussion gradually broadens to account for the various contexts in which translation occurs (i.e. the ‘black box’/cognitive environment, language, the ‘industry’, and society in general). Similarly, the range of issues examined ranges from linguistic problems in translation to ideological and ethical issues that are inextricably linked with the production, dissemination and reception of translation. 

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

 


Enable students to develop their translation analysis skills, through attending classes and by engaging with practical exercises that focus on the process, product and cognitive context of translation activity
Assist students in locating their translation work professionally and/or academically by developing in them an understanding of how to reflect on lexis, discourse organisation, register and ideological manipulation though written assignments and writing exercises
Encourage student participation and learner autonomy, through small group exercises/discussion and reading outside contact hours
Equip students with the research and writing skills and with the ability to assess translation model relevance to translation practice, through reading, presenting findings in group work as well as in the written assignment
Enable students to acquire explicit knowledge of the development of translation studies as a discipline through in-class discussion and individual study


 

The learning and teaching methods include:

 


Two contact hours per week over Semester 1.
Classes will include lectures;
students are expected to read extensively outside classes in order to follow lectures.


Problems of translation will be discussed and students will be encouraged to participate actively, drawing on their knowledge of other cultures and languages in order to identify and illustrate phenomena and principles related to translation.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

 


Knowledge and understanding of the use of translation models
Ability to analyse and interpret translated discourse
Ability to select and synthesise information in a principled, lucid and scholarly manner
Subject-specific knowledge of translation theory


 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


1 written assignment of 2000 words (to be submitted after week 5). Takes the form of a translation with commentary, enabling students to explore and test subject specific knowledge and develop research skills
1 written assignment of 2000 words (to be submitted at the end of the module). Takes the form of a translation with commentary in a specialised area (legal or medical translation), enabling students to develop subject-specific knowledge in this field and to develop research skills


 

Formative assessment and feedback

 


Formative assessment will focus on student participation and class discussions throughout the module.
Students will be provided with detailed written feedback following coursework assignments.
Verbal feedback will also occur in class and individual appointments if required.


 

Reading list

Reading list for CRITICAL CONCEPTS AND THEORIES OF TRANSLATION : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/tra3035

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.