Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Rita Wilson


Previously coded TRN5060


The unit explores theoretical issues in research in Literary and Cultural Translation Studies. It addresses questions and areas such as methodological principles for researching and writing theory-related research papers, including an overview of research and research discussions and initiatives taking place in the field. Its specific focus is on: cultural issues which must be taken into consideration when translating, aspects of cultural competence (pragmatic and semiotic differences between cultures), and the related issue of equivalence. Ideal translator competence implies a sensitivity to and knowledge of cultural issues which impinge upon translation practice, including mode of discourse, medium, and cultural-specific codes.


On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. develop independently a research project in Interpreting and Translation Studies;
  2. produce target texts with appropriate adherence to register, tone, genre, and cultural references;
  3. apply advanced methodological principles to translation research;
  4. apply culturally-sensitive strategies for solving problems of translation equivalence;
  5. conceptualise inductive and deductive approaches related to theory and practice of interpreting and translation studies.


Written work: 50%
Oral presentation: 20%
Take home exam: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Rita Wilson

Contact hours

4 hours (two-hour seminar per week plus web based work equiv. 2 hrs per week)


APG4813 or APG4814