Robert Burns (Online Distance Learning) SCOTLIT1014

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This online distance learning course examines the celebrated life, correspondence, poetry and songs, and also the cultural after-life of Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns. 


online group work and discussion; viewing of online lectures in students own time.

Requirements of Entry

Only available if on plan Q361-1009. This course does not count for credit as part of a degree programme for Glasgow students

Excluded Courses

SCOTLIT4030 Robert Burns




Essay (1,500 words) - 60%

Written assignment (500 words) - 20%

Blog-entry exercise (500 words) - 20%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ examine the life and works of Robert Burns (1759 - 1796);

■ interpret the poetry, song and prose of Robert Burns in the context of Scottish history and culture;

■ engage with diverse cultural materials and to understand the construction of Robert Burns's reputation as a universally recognised literary figure.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course learners will be able to:

■ recognise the significance of Robert Burns both in terms of his stature as a poet and song-writer and his status as a national and, indeed, international writer.

■ locate Burns in the context of his own period and Scottish culture in general.

■ examine the nature of the Burns cult and its manifestation beyond the text and in popular culture.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.