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)


First Nations land acknowledegement

We acknowledge that the UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm.

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