APG5875 - Introduction to interpreting and translation studies - 2018

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Translation Studies

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Leah Gerber


Dr Leah Gerber

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)




Introductory core unit of the MA in Interpreting and Translation Studies (MITS). The language of instruction will be English and the unit will contain both seminars and practical workshops. The unit will cover the key theoretical approaches which inform the interdisciplinary fields of Translation and Interpreting (T&I) Studies, including the basic theoretical principles of interpreting and translation, interpreting and translation terminology, and the history of interpreting and translation. Focus will be on the emergence and development of translation studies as an academic discipline, including the various linguistic, cultural, social and other contextual factors involved in translation work, as well as the relevance and application of translation theory to both translation practice and research.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. identify and discuss significant historical developments in interpreting and translation studies,
  2. use a metalanguage for articulating different approaches and paradigms in translation studies,
  3. recognize interpreting and translation studies as an inter-discipline,
  4. conceptualise the various dimensions and uses of both pure and applied branches of translation studies,
  5. discuss in depth all key turns in translation studies, including their historical embeddedness and their socio-cultural contexts,
  6. articulate all key theoretical approaches in terms of both translation practice and research.


Within semester assessment: 100%

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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