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.

Robert Burns (Online Distance Learning) SCOTLIT1014

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • 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
  • Available to Erasmus 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.