LANC401-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

In Other Words What: Theory and Practice of Translation and Interpreting

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


An introduction to Translation Studies for students skilled in two or more languages, including aspects of modern theory and practice in the craft of accurate translation.

This is an introduction to theories of translation and an initiation into practice. It is at 4th-year level for students who are doing Honours or Masters in any one of the six language programmes in the Department of Global, Cultural and Language Studies, post-graduate students from Māori and Indigenous Studies, as well as MATI students. Beyond the theoretical and practical dimension of Translation Studies, students will gain an understanding of academic, and interdisciplinary complexities of this field of study, ranging from the socio-cultural to the legal and political. Rather than explore a few theories in depth, this course offers a large range of theoretical principles, strategies, and methods applicable to diverse contexts in Translation Studies.

Students in this language course are expected to attend two hours of class per week in the first semester, to take part in class discussion, to consult when required with their “supervisor” and to do the assignments on time.

Learning Outcomes

As a student in this course you will acquire a conceptual framework for thinking and talking about translating, and for choosing appropriate strategies for various translating tasks. You will also develop practical skills in a range of realistic translating tasks, and will therefore prepare you for further specialised professional courses in translation and interpreting.

Furthermore, this course prepares students according to the UC’s graduate attributes in the following ways:

Competent in a Core Discipline as well as Employable, Innovative and Enterprising: students will gain professional and transferable skills pertaining to advanced language learning and translation. Translation is an internationally sought-after profession with several opportunities for employment: from digital translation or literary translation worldwide, to local community or crisis translation.

Biculturally Competent and Confident: students will gain a strong understanding of translation in a bicultural context. One assignment is dedicated to translation and the Treaty of Waitangi.

Engaged with the Community: this course will prepare students to undertake an internship in translation, or further pursue courses in Community Translation and Interpreting.

Globally Aware: Translation, at its very core, is an international and multilingual discipline. Students will further intercultural competence and understanding of a globalized world through Translation Studies.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Subject to approval of the Head of Programme.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Antonio Viselli

Supervisors for each language:
   Chinese: Wei Teng
   French: Antonio Viselli
   German: Evgeny Pavlov
   Japanese: Susan Bouterey
   Russian: Evgeny Pavlov
   Te Reo Māori: Jeanette King


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Practice translation Due week 2
Translation into English 10% Due week 4
Translation out of English 10% Due week 7
Assignment on the Treaty of Waitangi 25% Due week 8
Interpreting self-reflective report 20% Due week 10
Take-home test on theory and application 35% Due week 12

Textbooks / Resources

Other handouts will be available on Learn.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,990.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

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  • LANC401-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023