CHIN 5006 - Transcultural Communication / Translation Thesis
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code CHIN 5006 Course Transcultural Communication / Translation Thesis Coordinating Unit Centre for Asian Studies Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 12 Contact Individual supervision as per Honours students (3 hours per week) Prerequisites CHIN 5003 Research Method and Writing, CHIN 5002 Translation Project: Chinese to English, CHIN 5001 Translation Project: English to Chinese, CHIN 5000 Theories of Representations and China Assumed Knowledge As per Prerequisites Restrictions Any student of MA (TTC) Program who has completed 36 units with a credit average or above in their academic record is eligible to enter the MA (TTC) research thesis component of the program with the approval of the convenor of MA (TTC) Course Description The research thesis component is designed for students who wish to pursue higher degrees in the Faculty, and it is only open to students of the MA (TTC) Program who 1) have completed 36 units of core courses; and 2) students who have achieved the academic record of a credit average or above. Students should, in the first instance, consult the program convenor for possible topics of research. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the Centre for Asian Studies, students are encouraged to explore a broad range of academic field expertise the Centre and the rest of the Faculty has to offer, namely Linguistics & Applied Linguistics, Literature, Translation, as well as Cultural Studies, Transcultural Communication, History, International Studies, Sociology, and Politics, etc. The convenor will ensure appropriate, wherever possible, joint supervision with others in the Faculty (HUMSS).
The MA (TTC) research thesis is to be approximately 14,000-16,000 words in length (including footnotes but excluding bibliography).
Course Coordinator: Professor Gregory McCarthy
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Course Learning Outcomes
1 To extend students’ understanding of the ontological, epistemological and axiological principles underpinning ‘Western’ positivist, interpretive, critical and postcolonial research in Asian and Pacific studies in the global context. 2 To introduce students to the key elements of transcultural theory, as coined by Ortiz (1940/1995) and developed in education and (Song and Cadman 2012), and to train them to conduct transcultural research in a thesis. 3 To develop research capacity via one-to one research supervision students to develop the skills required for ‘Western’ research, that is: (1) to interrogate conventional criteria for success in Western research contexts from a transcultural perspective; (2) to design and conduct a rigorous research dissertation i.e. to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4 To facilitate students’ capacity to identify social and cultural problems and to develop effective and creative research solutions by exploring the complexities of transcultural communication in a large summative thesis format. 5 To increase students’ understanding of appropriate scholarly argumentation for international publication, and to develop their ability to write the required genre for publishing their research through group and principally individual manuscript writing. 6 To provide students with fundamental information about the research preparation, argumentation and synthesis. to write critical dissertation. 7 To expand students’ command of technological tools in academic research, notably through information technology, data-base searching and bibliographical software. 8 To inspire and strengthen students’ desire to reflect upon their own cultural heritage in relation to the prevailing conventions and values of other cultures by bringing theoretical perspectives to social analysis. 9 To encourage students to engage in and commit to the high levels of professional integrity required to participate in the international scholarly academy. 10 To respect diverse ethical and cultural conventions and to evaluate their impact on professional skills, responsibilities and forms of communication.
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2 4,7 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 6 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 7,8, 10 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 8,9, 10
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course will be run in the format of one-one consultation, two hours per week with the supervisor.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
One-to-one supervision - 2 hours per week 24 hours per semester 14 hours reading per week 168 hours per semester 18 hours preparation per week 216 hours per semster 16 hours research per week 192 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 624 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryStudents have one-on-one meetings with their supervisor.
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Assessment SummaryThe thesis will be read by two examiners. Students are expected to make explicit theoretical and methodological approaches and to demonstrate an ability to use primary and secondary sources.
Assessment Detail14000- 16000 words thesis, weighting 100%
SubmissionDetails available upon enrolment.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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