40 hours overall
None. You do not need any programming experience or prior knowledge about blockchain to join this course.
A computer with at least 8 GB RAM
and 50GB free hard-disk space
About this Course
Have you ever wondered about the economic forces driving the weird world of crypto? Are you interested in theoretical concepts and insights like game theory, incentive distribution and value exchange and what they have to do with cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology? Or perhaps you want to get a comprehensive understanding of tokens, wallets, consensus algorithms and smart contracts? Then this is the online course for you!
Blockchain Economics is a 7-week course that is designed to provide an overview of fundamental topics in the areas of cryptoeconomics, tokenomics and the crypto economy. We will also dive into the technical fundamentals of blockchain technology, covering everything you need to know about different deployment patterns, smart contracts and use cases. By the end of this course, you will have a practical understanding of cryptoeconomics that will be especially useful if you intend to work in the blockchain sector as a non-developer.
Module 1: Technical Fundamentals of Blockchain Technology
- History of Blockchain
- Data & Databases
- Networks & Protocols
- Cryptographic Fundamentals
- Blockchain Discourse
- Try it Yourself!
Module 2: Blockchain Deployment Patterns
- Deployment Patterns
- Social Dimensions
- Blockchain in IT Infrastructure
Module 3: Smart Contracts
- Contract Dimensions
- Legal Considerations
- Security Challenges & Measures
- Smart Contract Implementation
- Ricardian contracts & smart contracts
Module 4: Introduction to Blockchain Economics
- Economic Theory for Blockchain
- The Double-Spending Problem
- Game Theory & Blockchain
Module 5: The Crypto Economy
- What is the Crypto Economy?
- Blockchain Business Models: The Internal Economics of Blockchain Networks
- Mixed Blockchain Business Models
Module 6: Cryptocurrencies
- Cryptocurrency Fundamentals
- Cryptocurrencies as a Business Model
- The Potential of Cryptocurrencies
- Drivers & Barriers of Cryptocurrency Adoption
Module 7: Future Ethics & Implication of Blockchain Technology
- Research & Development
- Challenges to Blockchain Adoption & Implementation
Teaching & Communication
The B9lab online learning experience goes beyond more than just videos, readings and multiple choice tests. Our courses are self-paced and flexible in that you do not have to be online at a certain time.
We also offer a dedicated Slack channel for all students where you can collaborate with classmates and receive 1-on-1 tutoring from expert instructors, who are there to guide you throughout the course and exam period. You can reach out to them anytime to clarify course content and reach your individual learning goals at your own pace.
Your course team
Citlali Mora Catlett
Citlali is a political scientist with a focus on international relations, international organizations, security policy and economy. She has a BA in Political Science, Economy and Business Administration and a MA in Political Science from the LMU Munich. Citlali has worked at international scholar conferences providing educational experiences for students from around the world, as well as substantial preparation materials and general conference services and assisted in university undergrad courses.
Elias has been spending the past 10 years planning, building and running applications. His background is in Artificial Intelligence. Since the early days of bitcoin he has been following the progress of blockchain tech and has been gathering experience with smart contracts / trustless computation since late 2014.
Course Duration & Certification
This is a 7-week course with new content released every week.
The course is designed to be flexible and self-paced. That means you don’t have to be online at a specific time and study the material whenever it fits best into your daily routine.
Your 4-week exam period begins at the end of the 7-week mentored course. You can submit your final exam whenever you feel ready during this period.
B9lab awards certificates to participants who pass the final exam with a grade of 80% or higher. This certificate is publicly verifiable on the Ethereum blockchain.
You can see how that looks like in the B9lab Certificate Center.