SML8023 : Profession, Processes and Society in Translating and Interpreting

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module has two parts:

Semester 1 (‘Profession’)aims to prepare you to become a more effective translating and/or interpreting (‘T&I’) professional. In it, you will learn:

• about the professional characteristics of T&I work, including key specialist areas.
• about the professional ethics and principles behind T&I work.
• career-starting and career-management skills for the T&I professions.

Semester 2 (‘Processes and Society’) underpins this by giving you an awareness of the wider context of T&I work worldwide and through the ages. This involves:

• A knowledge of T&I practice and theory in various world cultures and ages.
• Seeing T&I in a social, geographic and political context.
• A knowledge of key issues in interpreting studies, and of the principles of educating T&I professionals.

Outline Of Syllabus

Semester 1: ‘Profession’

• Professionalism and professional organizations in T&I
• Getting started as a T&I professional, career planning
• Translation jobs and clients
• Translation editing
• Translating books
• Translation localization
• Machine translation
• Conference interpreting
• Community interpreting
• Legal T&I work

Semester 2: ‘Processes and Society’

• Interpreting studies
• The psycholinguistics of interpreting
• T&I in history: Europe, Middle East and China
• T&I, philosophy and religion
• Roles, society and networks in T&I
• Ideology and identity, gender and sexuality in T&I
• T&I and politics
• T&I training
• T&I and language learning

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion901:0090:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops71:007:00Professional simulations, discussion seminars, poster session
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study811:0081:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures enable students to get a combination of lecturer input, mini practical tasks and discussion, thus building up their knowledge and reflective practice skills. Workshops (which involve lecturer-set tasks and poster presentations) also develop a wide range of key skills.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A502000 words on 'Profession'
Essay2A502000 words on 'Processes and Society'
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essays test the students’ knowledge of relevant input, and allow them to do in-depth research in two specialist areas.

Reading Lists