TRANSLAT 100G : Translation for Global Citizens


2021 Semester Two (1215) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Covers the foundations of translation and interpreting as an academic discipline and as a critically important communication enabler which serves a multicultural and multilingual society. The course is designed to equip monolingual students, as well as students with language skills, with the literacy in translation and interpreting increasingly needed to navigate today’s globalised world and to detect and overcome communication gaps in diverse business and private contexts.

Course Overview

Contemporary translation and interpreting (T&I) play an increasingly important role in today’s multilingual and multicultural society. The ability to communicate across language and cultures in work and social contexts as well as online and offline is becoming an essential part of being a global citizen. This course is designed to enable students of all disciplines, regardless of the languages they speak, to become familiar with different modes of T&I, skills involved and gain an understanding of which service or function is best suited to a given context. The course will also provide those with an interest in languages the opportunity to start working towards a future career path related to the expanding field of T&I.

Students will also become aware of the increasing role played by technology in modern T&I, including its advantages and limitations. Students will gain confidence in how to determine and when to use translation versus interpreting, human versus machine, and professionals versus non-professionals in a range of scenarios. In all this, ethical consideration is a running theme throughout. Students will also be introduced to a range of career paths in related areas. 

The course is delivered via interactive-style lectures, some of which will be delivered by guest speakers from specialised fields. 

Topic covered: 
  • Trust in Translation-Mediated Communication
  • Translating Screen from Movies to Games 
  • Professional vs Non-Professional Translation     
  • Machine Translation and Post-Editing 
  • Human Rights and Social Justice with Language Assistance Service
  • How Interpreters Bridge Cultural Gaps  
  • Cognitive Challenge in Simultaneous Interpreting
  • Translation and Interpreting in Global and Local Contexts

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: University

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of different modes of contemporary translation and interpreting and the roles and functions they have in different communicative situations (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6)
  2. Develop an understanding of the application of technologies in modern translation and interpreting and their impact on the workplace and society (Capability 1 and 3)
  3. Become informed and critical users of translation and interpreting services provided by professionals and non-professionals (Capability 2, 3, 5 and 6)
  4. Be sensitised to ethical issues which could arise from intercultural and interlingual communication mediated by translators and interpreters (Capability 2, 3, 5 and 6)
  5. Develop a critical understanding of local and global contexts of the needs of translation and interpreting (Capability 1, 4 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
in-class test 25% Individual Test
In-class test 25% Individual Test
Final Exam 50% Individual Examination

Next offered

Semester 2, 2021

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week on each 15 point course that they are enrolled in, including class time and personal study and assignment preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience or Online

This course is offered in two delivery modes:

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at scheduled activities including tutorials to complete and receive credits for components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings.
The course will include live online events including tutorials but only for students enrolled in a remote tutorial stream.
Attendance on campus is required for the test/exam for all students domiciled in Auckland.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.
Attendance is required at scheduled online activities including tutorials to complete and receive credits for components of the course.
The course will include live online events including tutorials and these will be recorded but only for students enrolled in a remote tutorial stream.
Attendance on campus is required for the test/exam for all students domiciled in Auckland.
Where possible, study material will be released progressively throughout the course.
This course runs to the University semester and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Well-being always comes first
We all go through tough times during the semester, or see our friends struggling. There is lots of help out there - for more information, look at this Canvas page, which has links to various support services in the University and the wider community.

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the University Website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.