Robert Burns: Poems, Songs and Legacy

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Robert Burns: Poems, Songs and Legacy

What is the course about?

Robert Burns: Poems, Songs and Legacy
The course Robert Burns: Poems, Songs and Legacy is an online class provided by The University of Glasgow through Future Learn. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.
Dig deeper into the life and works of Robert Burns, with this free University of Glasgow course.
Course description
  • Celebrate Robert Burns with this free online course.
  • 3 weeks
  • This free course from the Centre for Robert Burns Studies, University of Glasgow, will introduce you to the life, works and global celebrity of Robert Burns.
  • You’ll examine poems, songs, manuscripts, and objects used to commemorate the poet. You’ll also develop your understanding of Robert Burns’s posthumous reputation – from Burns Suppers and Burns Night through to Hogmanay.
  • The cultural reputation of Robert Burns as patriot, lover, and man of the people
  • Robert Burns as poet and songwriter
  • Major works such as ‘Scots Wha Hae’, ‘Ae Fond Kiss’, ‘A Man’s a Man’, ‘The Vision’, and ‘Auld Lang Syne’
  • The commemoration of Burns in material culture
  • The international celebrity and legacy of Burns
  • Explore the poems, songs and legacy of Robert Burns
  • Discuss the reputation of Burns as a national and international poet
  • Collaborate with other learners in researching and mapping examples of Burns’s global reach
  • Develop an understanding of Burns’s place in Scottish literary tradition
  • Engage with diverse media related to the study of Burns, including poems, song recordings, videos, images, maps, and manuscripts
  • No previous experience or qualifications are required for this course – just an interest in Robert Burns, Scottish history and culture, or poetry and song in general.
  • It is ideal for anyone considering further study in the field, such the courses offered by the Centre for Robert Burns Studies at the University of Glasgow.
  • The University of Glasgow
  • Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities.

Prerequisites & Facts

Robert Burns: Poems, Songs and Legacy

Course Topic

British History, History, Literature

University, College, Institution

The University of Glasgow

Course Skill Level

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Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)



Degree & Cost

Robert Burns: Poems, Songs and Legacy

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