Understanding Blockchain & Cryptocurrency

I. July 3–July 14, 2023
II. July 17–July 28, 2023
Day & Time:
Monday-Friday, 8:00-11:00 a.m. or 12:00-3:00 p.m. or 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Douglas Ng

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the world of blockchain and cryptocurrency. We open the hood and look inside blockchain to see what it is, how it has evolved, and where it is headed, including Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, NFTs, and Decentralized Finance (DeFi). We examine how these technologies will impact the future of work. Students are encouraged to think about the impact of these technologies on society and how they might become leaders and shapers in these fields.

Students will acquire an understanding and appreciation of these technologies so they can explore further on their own. The course is a mix of instruction, discussion, and guest speakers.

Please note: This course is not a computer programming course and requires no prior knowledge or experience, but rather looks at these emerging technologies more broadly from business, social, political, and cultural perspectives. There is no coding in this class.

Registration Guidance & Call Number(s)

Please note, this course may have multiple classes being offered in a particular session. Students should only register for one class and with one call number.

To view detailed information on a particular offering, click on the call number to be directed to the Directory of Classes catalogue.

Session 1 Classes

  • BCAB0104 (D01) | Call Number: 10440

Session 2 Classes

  • BCAB0104 (D02) | Call Number: 10441
  • BCAB0104 (D03) | Call Number: 10442

Further guidance on the registration process can be found here.


Douglas Ng

Douglas Ng is a digital strategist, educator, and researcher pushing the boundaries at the intersection of emerging technologies, new media, and design psychology to help organizations navigate the socioeconomic disruptions of digital transformation. He is currently a Research Scientist at the Digital, Data & Design Institute at Harvard. Prior to his current role, he has led digital strategy in a variety of industries including sports/entertainment, fashion/eCommerce, medicine, publishing, and higher education. He has taught emerging technologies courses at UC Irvine, CUNY Lehman College, and Harvard Business School. Douglas holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Management) and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (Telecommunication Arts) from the University of Georgia and is a graduate student in the Instructional Technology & Media program at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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