Course Title: Ethics and Professional Issues

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Ethics and Professional Issues

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 2 2014,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2019


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Erika Gonzalez

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61) 3 9925 0428

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5.17

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course provides students with an overview of the ethical and professional framework which affects Translating & Interpreting practice, enabling you to take a reflective approach to enhance your professional practice and development.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completing this course you will be able to:

  • Outline the philosophical underpinnings of ethics in professional practice.
  • Examine and apply ethical frameworks of professional translating and interpreting practice.
  • Identify potential conflict situations and examine appropriate resolution strategies in relation to professional and industrial issues in the translating and interpreting profession.
  • Explain the business frameworks under which interpreting and translating professionals are required to operate.

Overview of Learning Activities

Classes will examine basic issue in professional ethics through some theoretical literature but with a major focus on cases studies drawn from actual professional practice in Translating & Interpreting.

Overview of Learning Resources

The professional and ethical issues selected for class discussion arise out of RMIT staff collective experiences as practitioners and researchers. These will complement the substantial holdings of the RMIT libraries on ethical and professional issues in Translating & Interpreting.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will test and give feedback on your ability to reflect on professional practice and understand the basic tenets of ethics as they apply to Translating & Interpreting, and will consist of a written essay and a final examination.