All courses in the MATS programme carry three credits each except Dissertation and Translation Project, which are six-credit courses.
The programme requires the completion of 30 credits, which include 15 credits from required courses, and 15 credits from elective courses.
A distinctive feature of the programme is the study of translation in its cultural context. The emphasis is on translation not as mere transfer of linguistic meaning but as an operation under certain socio-cultural constraints and for certain purposes. This feature can be found not only in the theoretical courses but also in most of the practical courses. It entails a leaning towards cross-disciplinary education rather than vocational training, which is in line with Lingnan University’s Liberal Arts ethos.
The courses of the programme are tentatively as follows:
|Theoretical Courses||Practical Courses|
|Required Courses||Translation Theory: Traditional and Modern|
|Methods in Translation and Interpreting Research|
|Required Elective Courses||Dissertation|
|Elective Courses||Advanced Translation Studies||Business Translation (C-E)|
|History of Translation and Interpreting in China||Comparative Language Studies|
|Translation and Culture||Computer-aided Translation *|
|Translation Criticism||Journalistic Translation (C-E)|
|Literary Translation (C-E)|
|Translating for Popular Culture|
|Translating for the Creative Industries|
In Term 1, students will take three required courses and two elective courses. The required courses are: “Translation Theory: Traditional and Modern”, “Methods in Translation and Interpreting Research”, and “Chinese-English Translation”. These courses will lay a solid foundation for all the other theoretical and practical courses.
In Term 2, students are required to take either Dissertation or Translation Project, besides three elective courses.
Most of the courses consist of a two-hour lecture and a one-hour tutorial per week.
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