4508943: FU_Is Bitcoin the Future of Money? A seminar on cryptocurrency for beginners

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Semester:SS 18
Lektionen / Semester:27.0 L / 20.5 h
Selbststudium:69.7 h



Bachelorstudiengang Betriebswirtschaftslehre (01.09.2012)
Masterstudium Architektur (01.09.2014)
Bachelorstudium Architektur (01.09.2014)
Masterstudium Information Systems (01.09.2015)
Masterstudium Finance (01.09.2015)
Masterstudium Entrepreneurship (01.09.2015)


Bitcoin is a decentralized currency that was created in 2008. Bitcoin and the blockchain technology underlying Bitcoin have witnessed tremendous adoption via word-of-mouth marketing. The goal of this class is twofold. The first section of the class will explain what exactly this technology is and what problem this technology solves. The second part will investigate how this technology can impact the world in which we live. To understand the impact of bitcoin and blockchain technology, the second part of the class will be divided into an analysis of the socio-cultural consequences and an analysis of the socio-economic consequences


After completing the course, students should
- understand the basic aspects of cryptocurrency, such as how to send and receive Bitcoin transactions,
- know how to store Bitcoin on a smart phone.
- are able to explain the interesting history behind the invention of cryptocurrency and the problems that Bitcoin and blockchain technology are trying to solve.
- grasp the price determinants of cryptocurrency, and which regulations apply to cryptocurrency in Europe.



Lectures, group projects, self-study, excursion to Bitcoin ATM in Städtle (Vaduz)


Class textbook (will be on moodle/supplied during the course)
1.) Mastering Bitcoin by Andreas Antonopoulos
2.) Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies by Narayanan, Bonneau, Felten, Miller and Goldfeder
3.) The Bitcoin White Paper by Satoshi Nakamoto

1.) On the Origins of Money by Carl Menger
2.) The Age of Cryptocurrency by Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey, Chapter 1-2
3.)" The Byzantine Generals Problem" by Leslie Lamport, Robert Shostak, and Marshall Pease


Assessment tasks:
Reading assignments and participation in class exercises 30%
Several project presentations in group: 20 %
Four written reports of 1-2 pages each, which is around 2500 words in total 50%

Compulsory attendance (min. 80%)


Passed / Failed

  • Course based on continuous assessment, details see under "assessment".
  • Meeting attendance obligations is an essential pre-requisite for successfully completing a course based on continuous assessment.
  • Attendance must be proven for at least 80% of the stipulated contact time. Responsibility for checking and providing written proof of this obligatory attendance lies with the course lecturer who is required to store this information at least until the end of the semester.
  • In the case of absenteeism that exceeds the specified limits of absence, a medical certificate is required. Responsibility lies with the head of the Coordination Office for Cross-Faculty Elective Subjects to approve the reason for the student's failure to attend.
  • Participation in other activities of the university are not recognized as an excused absence.


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