Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Marisa Cordella


Previously coded SPN3080


The class is conducted in Spanish. The unit aims to examine the art of translating as a representation of a cultural reality. The main focus is on both the understanding of translation as a cross-cultural event (language and culture, system of norms, idioms and metaphors) and the studying of translation as a textual and language representation (text analysis, interlingual relationship, intention and function). The theoretical platform is accompanied by the development of translation skills. A mixture of literary passages, press documents scientific sections and government agency materials form the corpus of texts and develop students' knowledge in translation.


Upon completion of the unit students should be able to translate a wide variety of texts that differ in their genre and style. In addition, students should be able to discuss theoretical issues on translation studies and demonstrate a level of sophistication in their research reasoning and critical thought.


Culture and translation tasks: 60%
Mid semester test: 15%
Examination: 25%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Marisa Cordella

Contact hours

3 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 2 x 1 hour seminars) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Spanish and Latin American studies


ATS2197 or ATS3197 or by permission