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University of Glasgow

Robert Burns: Poems, Songs and Legacy

University of Glasgow via FutureLearn


Celebrate Robert Burns with this free online course.

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.

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.

Taught by

Gerard Carruthers


4.6 rating, based on 5 Class Central reviews

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  • Ben Curtis

    Ben Curtis completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    I always liked Burn's poetry a lot--one of the few poets called to mind frequently, but didn't realize just how popular he was, and still is, around the world. Its kind of amazing --considering the lack of attention from critics. Kind of like Puccini. I didn't think of him as a song writer, but that's another area in which Burns was highly influential. Doesn't please the critics so much for some reason, but has remained wildly popular among the people, and not just in British Empire lands. Especially appreciated the links to all the performances of his songs.
  • Gary Cowart

    Gary Cowart completed this course.

    Very nice course on Burns, his works, and his legacy. I just wish that the course was a little longer and that more of Burns' works could have been studied.
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