Singapore University of Social Sciences

Advanced Topics in Translation

Advanced Topics in Translation (CTI391)


This is a concise historical survey on the macro development of translation theories both in China and the West. By walking through history and comparing developments in China and the West, students will get to better understand the nature of translation and its role in world civilisation; the respective roles of the translator, the author and the reader; the shift in translation criteria and translation criticism.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JULY


  • Introducing Translation History
  • Surveying Translation History of the West
  • Surveying Translation History in China

Learning Outcome

  • Determine a practical and pragmatic approach in translating selected texts
  • Formulate translation strategy and evaluate the translation output as appropriate to the context
  • Propose translation criteria as appropriate to the context to assess the quality of translation
  • Examine the role of inter-disciplinary studies in translation
  • Appraise translation at various levels as a skill, as a product, as a communication tool or as an industry
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