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Cryptocurrency: Beyond Bitcoin Teach-Out

Discover how cryptocurrencies work, the impact they have on the world, and how to develop your financial literacy.

2,915 enrolled on this course

Cryptocurrency: Beyond Bitcoin Teach-Out
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    1 hour
  • Digital upgrade

    Free

Delve into the importance of cryptocurrencies in today’s financial system

Since Bitcoin was created in 2009, the landscape of global finance has rapidly evolved. Unfortunately, the discussion is increasingly complex, jargon-heavy, and at times controversial, making it difficult for newcomers to join the conversation.

This course will introduce you to the mechanisms of cryptocurrency, systems of blockchain, and the process of mining. It will also take you through the characteristics of currency and the history of cryptocurrencies.

Investigate the impacts of cryptocurrencies

Bitcoin is a revolutionary technology that some say has the potential to reshape global finance, but it isn’t without its critics.

On this course, you’ll assess the societal and ecological impacts that cryptocurrencies and their technologies have, looking at ways to mitigate any negative impacts. You’ll also consider whether cryptocurrencies carry some of their purported risks - investment fraud, market disruption, and criminal activity.

Explore the future of blockchain technologies

Cryptocurrencies are constantly evolving, as is how we use blockchain technology. Blockchain technology has the potential to redefine many industries; one example can be seen with the recent rise of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs).

You’ll look to the future and discover how changes to financial systems and technologies could affect you, especially in regards to education and developing your financial literacy.

Learn with top professionals from the University of Michigan and the wider industry

This course is led by the experts from The University of Michigan and professionals working in the industry, including lawyers, financial experts, and human rights advocates. They will guide you through the topic, helping you to understand cryptocurrencies and how you can improve your digital financial literacy.

What topics will you cover?

  • History and characteristics of currency
  • Cryptocurrency, blockchain, & mining
  • Ecological impacts of cryptocurrency
  • Potential for fraud, disruption of markets, criminality
  • Importance for human rights and humanitarian efforts
  • Developing basic digital financial literacy

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the basics of cryptocurrency, blockchain, and mining
  • Identify some of the societal and ecological impacts of cryptocurrencies
  • Reflect on the role that blockchain technologies may play in the future of global finance
  • Develop a plan to improve digital financial literacy

Who is the course for?

This course has been designed for anyone with an interest in cryptocurrencies, blockchain technologies, and their societal impacts.

Who developed the course?

University of Michigan

As the #1 public research university in the United States, U-M has been a leader in research, learning, and teaching for more than 200 years, with 102 Grad programs in the top 10 — U.S. News & World Report (2019).

  • Established

    1817
  • Location

    Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
  • World ranking

    Top 30Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

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  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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What's included?

University of Michigan are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible
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