Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Explore the cemeteries and crematoria of Glasgow ADED11483

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course consists of five online presentations offering virtual "guided walks" through the city's impressive range of last resting places, and highlights the rich variety of material culture of death and remembrance on display. We will discuss the landscape, architecture and iconography of Glasgow's cemeteries and crematoria, and explain how they reflect changing social, religious and cultural attitudes. The five locations are: Glasgow Necropolis; Cathcart Cemetery (including Jewish and Muslim sections); Western Necropolis and Glasgow Crematorium; Sighthill Cemetery; and Eastern Necropolis. Maps and notes will be provided for students who want to make their own visits to the five locations.


Block 3 and 4, weeks 1-5

2 hours per week for 5 weeks



Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





No summative assessments will be undertaken.

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Support students to experience the landscapes and material culture of Glasgow's cemeteries and crematoria

■ Explore and discuss the social and cultural contexts in which Glasgow's cemeteries and crematoria developed

■ Examine and explain the meanings of these landscapes and material culture.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Describe the landscapes and material culture of Glasgow's cemeteries and crematoria

■ Demonstrate a sound knowledge of  the social and cultural contexts in which they were developed

■ Critically evaluate the meaning of the landscapes and built environments of these locations.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Not applicable to a non-credit bearing course