Walter Scott: The Man Behind the Monument

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Walter Scott: The Man Behind the Monument

What is the course about?

Walter Scott: The Man Behind the Monument
The course Walter Scott: The Man Behind the Monument is an online class provided by University of Aberdeen through Future Learn. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.
Discover the writer, collector and cultural icon who remains one of Scotland’s most enduring literary legends.
Course description
  • Explore literature that shaped the heritage and national identity of the Scots
  • 4 weeks
  • Walter Scott is one of Scotland’s most significant figures and is famous around the world.
  • On this course, you’ll get to know the man behind the monuments and books. You’ll explore and discuss selections of Scott’s work, whilst reflecting upon his cultural impact and enduring literary legacy.
  • You’ll understand Scott’s significance as a poet and novelist, and will be familiar with some of his best-loved work; such as Waverley and The Heart of Mid-Lothian. You’ll also gain an understanding of how and why he was inspired to write, and how literature can shape heritage and national identity.
  • The work and legacy of Walter Scott
  • Scott as a collector
  • Relationship between Scott’s home at Abbotsford and storytelling
  • Connections between Scott’s work and landscape, history and nationhood
  • Curating Scott’s legacy
  • Engage with a selection of texts by Walter Scott
  • Investigate the relationships between literature and national identities
  • Reflect on the cultural impact and legacy of Walter Scott
  • Explore how Scott uses his collection at Abbotsford as a springboard for a story
  • This course would suit those with an interest in Romantic and Scottish literature, or the history of the novel. It would also appeal to the Scottish diaspora, for both its literary content and focus on cultural heritage. It may also be of use to people interested in wider issues around literary heritage and tourism.
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Aberdeen is the 3rd oldest Scottish and 5th oldest UK University. With 14500 students from 120 countries, it is a world leader in medical research, energy, environment, law and business.
  • The Abbotsford Trust
  • The Abbotsford Trust aims to preserve and protect Abbotsford for future generations and act as a guardian of Walter Scott’s legacy by continuing to educate the public about his home and his work.

Prerequisites & Facts

Walter Scott: The Man Behind the Monument

Course Topic

British History, History, Literature

University, College, Institution

University of Aberdeen

Course Skill Level

Course Language


Place of class

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



Degree & Cost

Walter Scott: The Man Behind the Monument

To obtain a verified certificate from Future Learn / University of Aberdeen you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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School: University of Aberdeen
Topic: British History, History, Literature
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