University of Technology Sydney

25869 Cryptoeconomy

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UTS: Business
Credit points: 6 cp

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Result type: Grade, no marks

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This subject introduces students to blockchain and distributed ledger technology and establish the economic foundations necessary to understand distributed ledger technology for the economy, markets, firms, government and in society. Students are introduced to, and apply, institutional cryptoeconomics as a general framework to understand the blockchain economy.

The applications of blockchain technology includes money, supply chains, identity, crypto-democracy and civil society. Students also critically examine some of the political and ethical challenges generated by this new technology, including public policy implications.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. Interpret blockchain technology fundamentals in an economic, social and political context
2. Appraise the application of institutional cryptoeconomics to blockchain use
3. Characterise the institutional technologies and underlying principles of blockchain and assess how the technology may improve organisational performance, economic coordination and governance
4. Explain real world applications of blockchain technology as they resolve economic, social and political problems
5. Assess the ethical and social challenges and policy implications of widespread adoption of blockchain and related technologies