Translation Practice: Social and Human Sciences (Portuguese to French)


a) to acquire some knowledge about social sciences and humanities.
b) to be able to understand the source text in order to produce an accurate translation in French.
c) to identify and solve the text’s terminological and discursive difficulties using available translation tools: glossaries, corpora, parallel texts and specialized dictionaries.
d) to develop an autonomous use of linguistic knowledges in Portuguese and French in order to translate texts.
e) to develop the ability to self-correction over the translated text.
f) to deepen comunicative competences in the target language.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Christina Philomène Léa Marie-José Dechamps


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



French level A2.2  


Ballard, M. (2010). Traductologie et Enseignement de la Traduction à l’Université. Artois : Presses Université.
Lederer, M. et alii (2001). Interpréter pour traduire. Paris: Didier Erudition.
Nord, C. (2008). La traduction : une activité ciblée – Introduction aux approches fonctionnalistes. Arras : Artois Presses Université.
American Council of Learned Societies (2006). Recommandations pour traduire les sciences humaines. New York : ed. ACLS.

Teaching method

Lectures and seminars, using CAT Tools, terminological databases and other resources available online.

Evaluation method

Evaluation Methodologies - 1 written work (30%), 2 written tests done in class(60%), active participation in classes(10%)

Subject matter

1. Introduction to translation of texts from social sciences and humanities.
2. The basic competences of the translator
3. Types of texts from social sciences and humanities.
4. Identifying and solving the main problems in translating texts from social sciences and humanities.
5. Research for translation: methods and tools.
6. Terminology management - identification of terms and elaboration of glossaries.
7. Basic notions of Sociology, Philosophy, History, Anthropology, Musicology, Arts, Communication Sciences, Literary Criticism, Educational Sciences, Linguistics


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