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ICLS1001: World Literatures in Translation

This unit explores how the practice of comparative literary studies is related to language and culture. With the shrinking of distances due to travel and technology in the modern age, what makes different literary traditions across the world similar or different? This unit reflects on these issues by looking at a range of exemplary literary works translated into English from Asian, European or Middle Eastern languages, and examines them in the context of translation studies, national literatures, and different cultural and narrative traditions.


Academic unit International Comparative Literature and Translation Studies
Unit code ICLS1001
Unit name World Literatures in Translation
Session, year
Semester 2, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Remote
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Benjamin Nickl,
Lecturer(s) Brangwen Stone ,
Rebecca Suter,
Benjamin Nickl,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation group assignment In-class oral presentation
10% - 5 minutes (500 words)
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Tutorial quiz Quiz: Modules 1 & 2
20% - 30 minutes (2000 words)
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Tutorial quiz Quiz: Module 3
10% - 15 minutes (1000 words)
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Assignment Essay outline
10% Week 09 500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Assignment Final essay
40% Week 13 2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Participation Participation
10% Weekly n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1
group assignment = group assignment ?

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

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The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction: Unit structure, contents, and relevant details Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 02 Module 1: Sirena Selena-Queer Lit from Puerto Rico Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 03 Module 1: Sirena Selena-Queer Lit from Puerto Rico Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 04 Module 1: Sirena Selena-Queer Lit from Puerto Rico Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 05 Module 1: Sirena Selena-Queer Lit from Puerto Rico Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 06 Module 2: Kafka in the World Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 07 Module 2: Kafka in the World Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 08 Module 2: Kafka in the World Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 09 Module 2: Kafka in the World Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 10 Module 3: The Japanese Novel Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 11 Module 3: The Japanese Novel Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 12 Module 3: The Japanese Novel Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 13 Module 3: The Japanese Novel Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: According to Faculty Board Resolutions, students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are expected to attend 90% of their classes. If you attend less than 50% of classes, regardless of the reasons, you may be referred to the Examiner’s Board. The Examiner’s Board will decide whether you should pass or fail the unit of study if your attendance falls below this threshold.
  • Lecture recording: Most lectures (in recording-equipped venues) will be recorded and may be made available to students on the LMS. However, you should not rely on lecture recording to substitute your classroom learning experience.
  • Preparation: Students should commit to spend approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

readings/materials will be available via Canvas/Leganto Reading List 

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the way in which literary representation is informed by, and informs in turn, international relations and cross-cultural negotiations
  • LO2. comparatively analyse via examination the different articulations of literary themes and ideas in different national contexts
  • LO3. demonstrate familiarity with the foundations of the disciplines of comparative literature and translation studies
  • LO4. communicate effectively and ethically in oral, written, and digital form.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
Changes have been made to this unit for an online learning context.

Additional costs

no additional costs


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