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Workshop in Social Science Translation

The Workshop in Social Science Translation is a four-week summer session graduate course for students in any social science discipline with a reading knowledge of any foreign language.

By Kathryn Paul

June 25 – July 20, 2007
UCLA
Course Title: Social Science Translation for Southeast European Languages

The Workshop in Social Science Translation is a four-week summer session graduate course for students in any social science discipline with a reading knowledge of any foreign language.

  • Its primary goal is to teach students to render scholarly texts in their fields from the language they use in their research into English.
  • A secondary goal is to advance the students’ knowledge of their research languages.

Each week students will attend two three-hour workshop sessions and one one-and-a-half hour tutorial session, for a total of thirty hours.

Workshop sessions: Students will learn the general principles of translation, understood not as a theory but as practical ways of coping with the choices a translator must make. Reading assignments will include selected works on translation. Students will work independently and in class on a translation project (an article or book chapter) of their own choosing.

Tutorial sessions: Students will do extensive reading of source-language texts in their chosen fields, based on bibliographies they themselves put together. They will take notes on the texts in English and discuss them with their tutors. The object of the sessions is for students to learn to make sense of texts whose every word they do not know and to increase their vocabulary. At tutorial sessions students may also seek assistance with their translation projects.

Course objectives: At the end of the course the students will 1) be primed to produce publishable translations of works in their fields and 2) have improved their reading comprehension and acquired strategies for improving on their own.

Students wishing to enroll in the workshop will submit by e-mail attachment to cwl@international.ucla.edu an application containing the following documentation:

  • a curriculum vitae, including a list of relevant courses
  • a bibliography containing three or four books and/or articles the applicant wishes to read in the language proposed for study
  • a translation into English of three pages from one of the books or articles
  • a statement of purpose outlining the applicant’s major interests and past training in both the language applied for and other languages

In addition, students are asked to have two letters of recommendation submitted either by e-mail to the address above or by mail to: 

Center for World Languages
1333 Rolfe Hall PO Box 951411
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1411

One of the recommendations should be from the professor most closely acquainted with their work and the other from their most recent language instructor.

 

Deadline for enrollment is: Friday, June 8th 2007.

Students working in other languages will be admitted into the course if space is available.

Instructor: Professor Michael Heim

The workshop is funded by an American Council of Learned Societies grant. Students presenting Southeast European languages are eligible to apply for an ACLS Language Grant to Individuals for Summer Study; other financial aid may also be offered.

Information on fees, housing and application deadline will be available soon at
www.summer.ucla.edu

Center for World Languages