London School of Economics Launches New Cryptocurrency Course

One of the world’s most influential economics schools is launching a course dedicated to cryptocurrencies. The London School of Academics, one of the leading academic institutions for higher learning in the world, just launched a course called, “Cryptocurrency Investment and Disruption.”

Priced at just £1,800, the course features sixty hours of instruction on cryptocurrencies, allowing anyone to become a certified crypto academic.

The school is just the latest of a number of major institutions to launch courses on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) joins schools like Cambridge, NYU, Northwestern, Stanford, Wharton, and Georgetown, among others, as major institutions with crypto-oriented courses.

There do not appear to be any prerequisites for the course, which starts on August 22, 2018. The course is available to anyone willing to pay the £1,800 tuition. Over the six week course, students will be required to complete an estimated 7 to 10 hours of material per week (excluding orientation).

The new course is also certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service.

The motto of the LSE is to “understand the cause of things”. The LSE cited that motto when they announced the rational behind their new crypto course. By pairing crypto-asset knowledge with the theoretical thought leadership “for which LSE is renowned”, the school is able to offer cutting-edge insight into the crypto world.

The listed courses appear to offer practical insight and theoretical background into the crypto industry. Covered topics include how to interact with cryptocurrency exchanges, how to use wallets, and how to evaluate the fundamentals of an initial coin offering (ICO).

On the more theoretical side of things, students will also examine how cryptocurrencies will shape the future of money, markets, and industries.

Overall, the goal is to equip students with the information, knowledge, and frameworks of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency, including how they operate today and the implications they can have on business and the economy in the future.

The six modules covered in the course include:

  • “What are cryptocurrencies and the blockchain?”
  • “The cryptocurrency infrastructure and ecosystem”
  • “Money, value, markets and institutions”
  • “Cryptocurrency market analysis, trading, and investment”
  • “Cryptocurrency regulation and risks”
  • “Cryptocurrencies in a global innovation context”

The course syllabus is careful to mention that the school is not interested in providing investment advice or guidance.

“You will not be given cryptocurrency investing advice,” explains the course,” or investment or financial advice of any nature.”

In any case, the launch of LSE’s new cryptocurrency course is yet another example of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology reaching mainstream audiences. The LSE is one of the world’s premier academies for higher learning in economics. Alumni and faculty members at the school have received 18 Nobel Prizes in economics, peace, and literature, and 34 past or present prime ministers, presidents, and premiers have graduated from the LSE. Notable alumni include George Soros, David Rockefeller, and Janet Napolitano.

The LSE’s course is available online. It starts on August 14, 2018 and is expected to take six weeks to complete.

If you’re more of an Oxford student, meanwhile, Oxford University’s Said Business School is starting its own six week online cryptocurrency course on July 18 called the

“Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme”, which “cohesively integrates relevant information on blockchain for business leaders and innovators by showcasing best use cases, value propositions, and implementation strategies in the blockchain industry.”

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