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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2021 - 2022

Module Title Introduction to Translation Studies
Module Code LC112
School SALIS

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr Dorothy KennyOffice NumberC138
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to introduce students to the functions of translation and interpreting in society and to show the multiple ways in which they have operated historically and continue to operate in the daily life of citizens in the modern world.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the role of translation and/or interpreting at selected moments in history or in selected areas of modern life
2. Give examples of controversial issues related to translation and/or interpreting at selected moments in history or in selected areas of modern life
3. Demonstrate ways in which translation and/or interpreting can impact on social life in positive or negative ways
4. Compare, contrast, or otherwise relate impacts of translation and/or interpreting on social life
5. Make judgments informed by assigned readings and course content on controversial issues related to translation and/or interpreting

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Directed learning22Attending synchronous teaching sessions
Directed learning35Completing assigned readings
Directed learning35Reviewing content asynchronously (slides, videos, radio programmes etc.)
Directed learning8Small quizzes, directed discussions, etc. assigned during the semester
Independent Study25Assignment completion (concept map, short essays)
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative Content
News translation; Science and technology in translation; Translating in the institutions of the European Union; Crisis translation and interpreting; Forms of interpreting; Audiovisual translation and games localisation; Translation activism; Freelance translation and translation project management; Translators through history.

Indicative Learning Activities
Reading assigned texts; Creating summaries of information from assigned texts; Completing cloze tests or matching quizzes about topics covered in the module; Watching videos or listening to radio programmes about relevant topics; Creating charts, diagrams, models, or graphic representations of topics covered in the module; Producing short, essay-style answers in response to a limited selection of controversial propositions about translation or interpreting.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Baker, M. and G. Saldanha (eds): 2009, The Routledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies, 2nd, Routledge, London & New York,
  • Yves Gambier,Luc van Doorslaer: 2010, Handbook of Translation Studies, John Benjamins Publishing, 9789027273765
  • Jean Delisle,Judith Woodsworth: 1995, Translators Through History, John Benjamins Publishing, 9789027216137
  • Jorge Díaz Cintas,Gunilla Anderman: 2009, Audiovisual Translation, Palgrave MacMillan, 9780230019966
  • Keiran J. Dunne,Elena S. Dunne: 2011, Translation and Localization Project Management, John Benjamins Publishing, 9789027231925
  • Federico M. Federici: 2016, Mediating Emergencies and Conflicts, Springer, 9781137553515
  • Minako O'Hagan,Carmen Mangiron: 0, Game Localization, 9789027224576
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