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Unit information: Translation for Subtitling in 2021/22

Unit name Translation for Subtitling
Unit code MODLM0009
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Zhang
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None.

Co-requisites

None.

School/department School of Modern Languages
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit aims to develop students’ ability to translate the subtitles of movies and TV programmes.

Students will learn how to apply general translation competency to subtitling and to understand the differences between subtitling and other modes of translation and interpreting. Students will also develop a critical understanding of the way in which translation subtitling touches upon and is informed by other disciplines such as linguistics, semiotics, media studies and cultural studies. The aim is for students to become not only a competent subtitle translator but also a researcher able to take theoretical implications and contextual factors into consideration in looking for best answers to translation problems.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course students will have developed their ability to:

  1. translate movie and TV programme titles competently between their working languages;
  2. use subtitling software to carry out subtitling assignments;
  3. choose, evaluate and analyse resources and tools critically to help achieve the best translation for a given audio-visual subtitling task;
  4. to contextualise the practical work in a suitable theoretical framework;
  5. justify choice of translation strategies using relevant theoretical models.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered online through a combination of synchronous sessions and asynchronous activities, including seminars, lectures, and collaborative as well as self-directed learning opportunities supported by tutor consultation.

Assessment Information

Coursework assignment involving translation of subtitles of a movie or TV video clip of c.2-3 minutes from English into the student's first language (assessing ILOs 1-3, with accompanying theoretically informed commentary of 1,500 words (assessing ILOs 3-5): value = 50% of unit grade.

Coursework assignment involving translation of subtitles of a movie or TV video clip of c.2-3 minutes from the student's first language into English (assessing ILOs 1-3, with accompanying theoretically informed commentary of 1,500 words (assessing ILOs 3-5): value = 50% of unit grade.

Resources

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If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. MODLM0009).

How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

Assessment
The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

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