• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Language Studies
  • Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Zhengdao Ye
  • Mode of delivery Blended
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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This course investigates the problems regularly encountered in the process of cross-language and cross-cultural transfer as found in texts not classifiable as literary, and in material other than the written word.  We begin by exploring genres of translation and establishing our focus on vocational, specialised or practical forms, as opposed to the literary genres which are the focus of LANG6001.  We proceed to explore general principles and criteria for evaluation, and look at topics such as translation in international organizations, technical translation, machine translation, interpreting, the translations of film-scripts and the design and use of dictionaries and other works of reference. The School of Language Studies with the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies and the College of Asia and the Pacific together offer a wide range of languages, and some staff members who contribute to this course are experienced translators.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On successful completion of this course, students will have:

  1. enhanced their skills as translators of non-literary material;
  2. enhanced their ability to evaluate texts which have been translated;
  3. gained heightened appreciation of the complex linguistic and cultural problems which form part of the process;
  4. developed important analytical skills under the guidance of staff members who are themselves highly skilled and experienced in translation from a range of languages, and who are contributing to the most recent scholarship in Translation Studies.

Indicative Assessment

There is no exam in this course. Assessment is by means of three major assignments (1500 words, 2400 words, and 1500 words, 30% each) and participation in tutorials and seminars (10%). The latter may include a short presentation.  Assignment work will be informed by reading in the field of Translation Studies.

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2 hours per week of lectures/seminars for 13 weeks

1 hour-long tutorial per fortnight.

The number of hours of study per week outside class time may be expected to be in the range of 6 to 10 hours.

Prescribed Texts

Jeremy Munday, Introducing Translation Studies: Theories and Applications, London and New York, 2001/2008.

Preliminary Reading

Mona Baker (ed.), The Routledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies, London, 1997: P306.E57 1998

Roger T. Bell, Translation and Translating: Theory and Practice, London and New York, 1991:        P306.B39 1991

Alan Duff, The Third Language: Recurrent Problems of Translation into English, London, 1981:     PE1498.D83 1981

Basil Hatim and Ian Mason, The Translator as Communicator, London, 1997: P306.H38 1997

Kirsten Malmkjaer, Linguistics and the Language of Translation, Edinburgh, 2005:  P306.M35 2005

Jeremy Munday, Introducing Translation Studies: Theories and Applications, London, 2001/2008:              P305.M865 2001

Peter Newmark, A Textbook of Translation, New York, 1988: P306.N474 1988

Mark Shuttleworth and Moira Cowie, Dictionary of Translation Studies, Manchester, 1996:                 P306.2.S65 1997

Uriel Weinreich, Languages in Contact. Findings and Problems, The Hague, 1967:  P202.W4 1963

Assumed Knowledge

Adequate knowledge of one of the languages taught at ANU, or of a language not taught at ANU, with the approval of the Co-ordinator.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1542
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3618
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3618
2004 $3618
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6372 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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