Aims and Fit of Module
The module introduces students to the concepts of translation and globalisation and their interaction in the contemporary era. It provides an overview of essential theories in Translation Studies and Global Studies, and major issues and challenges concerning the influence on contemporary translation brought about by the fundamentals and mechanics of what is commonly considered as globalisation. It also examines the role of translation in the global context. Of particular importance of this module are topics and case studies that examine the role of China in the global governance and Chinese culture’s contribution to, and participation in, the evolution of globalisation. This module is a key Y2 module to the BA Translation and Interpreting programme because its core concern relates to China’s role and soft power in the development of globalisation which lies at the heart of the programme itself.
A demonstrate a critical understanding of the concepts of translation and globalisation and their mutual interaction in the contemporary era
B identify a broad range of factors (actors, agendas and ideologies) by which globalisation exerts influence on translation
C reflect on the role of translation in preserving culture and cultural identity in the face of internationalisation
D apply core theories of Translation Studies and Global Studies to examining major issues arising from translation in a global setting
E evaluate the soft power generated by the Chinese tradition (in various cultural forms) around the world and critically reflect on China’s participation in globalisation
Method of teaching and learning
This module is delivered by a combination of lectures and seminars. Lectures are designed to provide the basics and salient theories of Translation and Globalisation and equip students with the intellectual frameworks based on which analysis is conducted. This includes general topics and specific case studies where contextualisations are provided, practices are implemented, and analytical techniques are applied. Seminars are based on pair/group discussion, in-class debate and individual/ group reflection, the completion of which provides students with a learning opportunity designed to extend the material introduced in the lectures.