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Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Translation Studies


Dr Shani Tobias (Clayton); Dr Thomas Chase (SEU)



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


  • First semester 2016 (On-campus block of classes)


This unit is an international study programinternational study program (http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/study-overseas/) that requires an application to be enrolled and may incur additional cost.


In this unit students will develop an understanding and acquire knowledge on theoretical tools used in Translation Studies. The unit will provide students with the opportunity to analyse discourse features of the original text and compare and contrast them with the translated version. The unit also aims to develop the student's ability to translate texts of increasing levels of complexity and expertise in a variety of textual genres. A particular emphasis is given to ethical issues involved in translation.
The unit combines a generic, classroom-based component, in which some of the theoretical issues from the parallel core subjects are discussed, in addition to language-specific tutorials and a fieldwork component, in which students will be introduced to translation and translating in a variety of different environments. This unit includes translation assignments tailored to individual target languages, involving the practical application of theoretical insights. Translation will be LOTE-English OR English-LOTE.


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

  1. identify the problems different text genres pose for translation
  2. translate a variety of document genres by applying critical insights from translation theory and methodology
  3. access, translate and return Web-based documents
  4. use suitable strategies to create texts in the target language
  5. identify and analyse ethical issues as they relate to the interpreting and translation industry.


Within semester assessment: 70%
Exam: 30%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

Dr Shani Tobias (Clayton); Dr Thomas Chase (SEU)

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