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Cryptocurrency: Beyond Bitcoin Teach-Out
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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.
- 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
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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?
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).
LocationAnn Arbor, Michigan, USA
World rankingTop 30Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020
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