This course should enable students to frame their activities as future interpreters within interpreting science. The course aims to demonstrate how interpreting science and interpreting practice influence and enrich each other. The course offers a general introduction to the different forms of interpretation and the context in which they are used, a brief historical overview, an introduction to the classics and innovators within interpreting science and an overview of research methods in interpreting science and their applications.
During this course unit, students build up a solid interpreting science foundation, with which they should be able to set up a small-scale research project (master's thesis) and assess the quality of a research paper. On the one hand, they are offered a theoretical framework with a brief overview of the evolution of interpreting science and the different currents within it, as well as a detailed overview of the most commonly used methodologies in interpreting science. On the other hand, the students learn to apply the theory through practical exercises. The ultimate goal of the course is to draw up a research plan and assess a research paper, on which the evaluation of the students is also based. The course consists of three parts:
I. Theoretical framework interpreting. This section gives a brief overview of the evolution of the relatively young research discipline we call interpreting science, or, in English, 'Interpreting Studies', from the first handbooks of professional interpreters to the emergence of an independent field of research. The various research paradigms and fields of interpreting science are discussed in detail. The theoretical framework is based in particular on Pöchhacker's Introducing Interpreting Studies (2004) and some scientific articles published via Blackboard.
II. Methodologies. In this section, we look at the various methodological aspects of research in interpreting science and discuss the different types of research and research methods used in interpreting science. The basis of this research is the manual Research Methods in Interpreting Studies. A practical Resource of Hale and Napier (2013). Of these, the first 6 chapters deal with the following themes:
- What is research and why do we do it?
- Conducting a literature review
- Drawing up questionnaires
- Ethnographic research
- Discourse Analysis
- Experimental methods
III. Practical exercises. By means of exercises the students learn to give concrete form to the theoretical insights. Among other things, we use the exercises from the handbook, e.g. formulating research questions and critically reading a research article. In addition, the students will learn to analyse and assess scientific papers on various interpretive subjects.