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Certificate of Achievement

Randal Oulton

has completed the following course:

Robert Burns: Poems, Songs and Legacy

The University of Glasgow

This course explored the life, works, and posthumous reputation of Robert Burns. During the course, the learner investigated three core areas: Burns as radical, lover, and 'man of the people'; Burns as poet and songwriter; and Burns as cultural icon and international celebrity.

3 weeks, 4 hours per week

Gerard Carruthers

Francis Hutcheson Professor of Scottish Literature

The University of Glasgow


Learning outcomes

  • Explore the poems, songs and legacy of Robert Burns
  • Discuss the reputation of Burns as a national and international poet
  • Collaborate with other learners in researching and mapping examples of Burns's global reach
  • Develop an understanding of Burns's place in Scottish literary tradition
  • Engage with diverse media related to the study of Burns, including poems, song recordings, videos, images, maps, and manuscripts


  • The cultural reputation of Robert Burns as patriot, lover, and man of the people
  • Robert Burns as poet and songwriter
  • Major works such as ‘Scots Wha Hae’, ‘Ae Fond Kiss’, ‘A Man’s a Man’, ‘The Vision’, and ‘Auld Lang Syne’
  • The commemoration of Burns in material culture
  • The international celebrity and legacy of Burns

Issued on 13th February 2021

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Free online course:

Robert Burns: Poems, Songs and Legacy

The University of Glasgow