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Syllabus- Summer Institute

Overview of the Summer Institute

Goal: This course aims to provide students with an opportunity to learn from academic and industry experts to gain a holistic understanding of contemporary and emerging perspectives and issues relating to Blockchain/Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT). It will focus on the social, data/records, and technical features of blockchain-based systems and their implications across a range of business and societal domains.

Course learning outcomes:

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Appreciate different perspectives on blockchain/DLT, such as individuals, businesses,  specific sectors and communities, and government.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of current issues, discourses, innovations, and challenges around the social, data/records, and technical aspects of blockchain/DLT in written work and presentations.
  3. Critically evaluate and compare blockchain/DLT solutions developed by others, and analyze and discuss their efficacy.
  4. Collaborate in multidisciplinary teams to design and present a Blockchain/DLT solution to address contemporary business, social, and/or environmental issues.

Course topics:

  1. Recognizing and appreciating different perspectives/issues related to Blockchain/DLT.
  2. Applying knowledge of different perspectives to critically evaluate and inform the design of Blockchain/DLT solutions across multiple business and societal domains.
  3. Gaining exposure to various blockchain/DLT use cases and protocols.
  4. Working collaboratively across multiple disciplines to appreciate and incorporate diverse perspectives and issues.

Pre and/or co-requisites: MAS students, MAS core, MLIS students - MLIS core, dual students (either MAS code or MLIS core)