CHIN 5007 - Transcultural Communication/Translation Thesis
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018
General Course Information
Course Code CHIN 5007 Course Transcultural Communication/Translation Thesis Coordinating Unit Centre for Asian Studies Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 9 Contact 2 hours supervision per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites Completion of 39 units (with credit average) of core courses and electives in the Master of Translation and Transcultural Communication program Incompatible CHIN 5006 Restrictions Available to Master of Translation and Transcultural Communication students only Course Description The research thesis is a compulsory component of the Masters of Translation and Transcultural Communication program, and should be undertaken in the final semester of study. This 9-unit version of the thesis is for those students who do not wish to proceed to a PhD in the Faculty. In the first instance, students should 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 Faculty has to offer, namely Applied Linguistics, Literature, Translation, as well as Cultural Studies, Transcultural Communication, History, Politics and International Studies, and Sociology. This 9-unit thesis should be 10,000 words in length (including footnotes but excluding the bibliography).
Course Coordinator: Dr Gerry Groot
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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 a global context. 2 To introduce students to the key elements of transcultural theory, as coined by Ortiz (1940/1995) and developed in education (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 will 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 ie 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, and to write a critical dissertation. 7 To expand students’ command of technological tools in academic research, notably through information technology, data-base searching and bibliographic software. 8 To inspire and strengthen students’ desire to reflect upon their own cultural heritage in relation to 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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Learning & Teaching ModesOne-on-one supervision of 2 hours per week.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
2 hours supervision per week 24 hours per semester 14 hours reading per week 168 hours per semester 9 hours preparation and writing per week 108 hours per semester 14 hours research per week 168 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 468 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryOne-on-one supervision.
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome 10,000 word thesis Formative and Summative 100% 1-8
Assessment DetailStudents submit a 10,000 word thesis on a topic discussed with their supervisor.
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