Course Title: Theoretical Bases of Translating and Interpreting

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Theoretical Bases of Translating and Interpreting

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: ​​​​​​Olga Garcia-Caro

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 2328

Course Coordinator Email: ​

Course Coordinator Availability: By email for appointments

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will be introduced to fundamental knowledge and theory of Translating and Interpreting and contemporary theoretical frameworks and approaches.

You will explore how theory and practical strategies can integrate with practice and help address common challenges in translating and interpreting. You will also develop skills to analyse and evaluate aspects interpreting and translating in a theoretical framework. You will also begin to adopt appropriate metalanguage to reflect on our practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to

  • Investigate and critically analyse a range of approaches to translating and interpreting based on professional practice and discipline knowledge locally and globally.
  • Apply these approaches to evaluation your own translating and interpreting practice
  • Reflect on and apply your knowledge of language culture, and transfer skills, to facilitate communication across cultures and languages

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.

Overview of Learning Resources

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, conference papers, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include quizzes and written class tasks and a research/practical exercise report. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

  • If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
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