module specification

TR7084 - Translating for International Organisations (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Translating for International Organisations
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 200
176 hours Guided independent study
24 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Translation of a UN text (1500 words)
Coursework 50%   Translation of an EU text (1500 words)
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Wednesday Evening
Autumn semester North Wednesday Evening

Module summary

This is an elective module, which focuses on translating texts induced in institutional contexts. Based on two main international institutions, UN and EU, the module consists of both theoretical part, delivered in a classroom-based mode and practical part, which consists of students working and liaising with their language-specific tutors remotely. The module looks at specificity of texts authored by the institutions in question and provides students with an opportunity to utilise institutional resources (available online) to create target texts complying with institutional standards.

Prior learning requirements


Module aims

  1. To allow students to develop a comprehensive understanding of practical and theoretical aspects of translation, culture and texts from various fields pertaining to international organisations
  2. To enhance the skills and tools acquired in previous modules necessary to analyse texts related to international organisations and apply the appropriate translation strategies for effective translation;
  3. To provide students with the opportunity to critically examine key issues in the translation of specialised institutional texts and develop further their analytical ability to assess and reflect on translations, identify problems arising out of them and use suitable translation solutions;
  4. To produce a translation following professional standards, which will allow students to compete as translators/communicators in the context of international organisations


Week 1 – Introduction to the UN as an international organisation (classroom)
Week 2 – Analysis of UN-induced texts (classroom)
Week 3 – Relevance of theory in UN translation (classroom)
Week 4 – Practical translation 1 (online)
Week 5 – Practical translation 2 (online)
Week 6 – Practical translation 3 (online)

Week 7 – Introduction to the EU as an international organisation (classroom)
Week 8 – Analysis of EU-induced texts (classroom)
Week 9 – Relevance of theory in UN translation (classroom)
Week 10 – Practical translation 1 (online)
Week 11 – Practical translation 2 (online)
Week 12 – Practical translation 3 (online)

Learning and teaching

Teaching and learning methods include classroom-based language-generic sessions and language-specific sessions delivered in a distance-learning mode.

Research by using textbooks, electronic databases and e-learning materials (Weblearn), In addition to the contact time students are expected to undertake a significant amount of self-directed study for the module and for the language-specific sessions.

There are no pdp requirements for this module.

Learning outcomes

On completing this module students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the skills necessary to translate institution-specific LSP (language for special purposes) texts into their target language and according to professional standards;
  2. Identify and critically analyse relevant issues of translation theory, terminology and research in a specialised field;
  3. Assess and apply strategies for solving more complex translation difficulties in and emerging from LSP and institution-specific texts and acquire an awareness of the impact of these translation strategies and decisions on the translated text as whole;
  4. Critically reflect on the translation process and produce translations of a high standard in a professional manner.

Assessment strategy

The module is assessed 100% by summative coursework

coursework 1 (50%) (translation of a 1500-word UN text)
coursework 2 (50%) (translation of a 1500-word EU text)

Opportunities for formative and/or diagnostic assessment and feedback: Students receive annotated translation (tutor feedback) and they also have an opportunity to discuss other aspects of institutional translation via WebLearn-based discussion board (peer feedback). Finally, students include a 500-word report in each coursework; the report reflects on a translation process focusing on challenges linked to the institutional nature of the text translated within the coursework.


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