date_range Starts on January 25, 2016
event_note End date January 28, 2016
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assignment Level : Introductive
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Celebrate Burns Night online, and dig deeper into the life and works of Robert Burns, with this free University of Glasgow course.

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If you’ve ever welcomed in the New Year with a rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” or enjoyed a whisky and haggis on 25 January, you’re likely to be one of the thousands, nay millions, of fans of Robert Burns around the world. Now you can celebrate the poems, songs, and legacy of the great Scottish poet in a new way - with this free online course from the University of Glasgow, which begins on Burns Night 2016. Learn how an 18th-century Scottish poet became a global icon Over three weeks, we’ll introduce you to the life and works of Robert (“Rabbie” or “Robbie”) Burns, exploring three core questions: Who was Robert Burns? What made Robert Burns a poetic genius? And what made Robert Burns a global icon? In the process, you’ll examine archive material, original publications and manuscripts by Burns himself, recordings of Burns songs and examples of objects used to commemorate the poet. You’ll also look at and learn to interpret a selection of Robert Burns’s works in the context of Scottish history and culture. Poems and songs covered in the course include: Auld Lang Syne To a Mouse To a Haggis Ae Fond Kiss A Red Red Rose Scots Wha Hae A Man’s a Man for a’ That The Vision Setting things in a wider context, you’ll also develop your understanding of Robert Burns’s reputation - from the rise of Burns Clubs and Burns Suppers following his death, to the continuing celebration of the poet today through Burns Night, Hogmanay (New Year) and beyond. Learn with Scotland’s leading experts on Robert Burns You’ll learn with experts from the Centre for Robert Burns Studies at the University of Glasgow, which leads the world in the academic study of the poet, his life and works, the history and culture of the period in which he lived, and his ongoing legacy. So join us on 25 January 2016, for a Burns Night with a difference. If you want to find out a bit more about Robert Burns now, have a look at this post on the FutureLearn blog from Gerard Carruthers about the conspiracy theories that surround the famous poet.
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Instructors

  • Gerard Carruthers
  • Catriona Macdonald
  • Pauline Mackay
  • Ronnie Young
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Futurelearn

FutureLearn is a massive open online course (MOOC) learning platform founded in December 2012.

It is a company launched and wholly owned by The Open University in Milton Keynes, England. It is the first UK-led massive open online course learning platform, and as of March 2015 included 54 UK and international University partners and unlike similar platforms includes four non-university partners: the British Museum, the British Council, the British Library and the National Film and Television School.

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