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Archived Version 2022 - 2023

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NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Political insecurity and conflict drive long-term displacement around the globe, frequently at levels leading to crises. Many of the countries facing these crises are multilingual, yet the importance of language diversity in crisis communication with displaced people has been un- or under-recognised. This research-based module aims to encourage potential future communicators to question assumptions and propose solutions to multilingual crisis communication using “translation” as a lens.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain communication challenges in crises, in particular in relation to refugees
2. Illustrate the need for and contribution of translation and interpreting in crisis communication
3. Question assumptions made in research and practice about how best to communicate with displaced people
4. Evaluate technologies that support multilingual crisis communication, considering their related strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges
5. Plan solutions to multilingual crisis communication challenges, taking into account ethical questions of translation and interpreting in crisis settings
6. Synthesise literature on communication with displaced people in crisis settings in a systematic review

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Directed learning22Attending synchronous teaching sessions
Independent Study35Completing assigned and independently sourced readings
Directed learning35Reviewing content asynchronously (slides, videos, etc.)
Independent Study70Reading for systematic literature review
Independent Study30Taking and reviewing notes for systematic literature review
Directed learning8Small quizzes, directed discussions, etc. assigned during the semester
Independent Study50Assignment completion (oral presentation, critical essay, writing up of systematic literature review)
Total Workload: 250

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
Crisis policy; Access to information; Basic principles of translating; Volunteerism and voluntarism; Translation as empowerment; Technology; Terminology; Ethics.

Indicative Learning Activities
Reading assigned texts and independently selected texts; Sourcing examples of translation and interpreting in crises; Analysing crisis communication needs in a crisis setting; Presenting a crisis context and its related communicative needs; Writing an essay involving the design and critique of a language access plan; Creating a systematic literature review on an aspect of crisis communication relevant to refugees.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
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

  • Federico M. Federici: 2016, Mediating Emergencies and Conflicts, Springer, 9781137553515
  • Carmen Valero-Garcés,Rebecca Tipton: 2017, Ideology, Ethics and Policy Development in Public Service Interpreting and Translation, Translation, Interpreting and, 9781783097517
  • Henry W. Fischer: 2008, Response to Disaster, University Press of Amer, 9780761841173
  • Mark Sheehan,Deirdre Quinn-Allan: 2015, Crisis Communication in a Digital World, Cambridge University Press, 9781107678231
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