MIS20060 Money in the Digital Society

Academic Year 2019/2020

This module is focused on cryptocurrencies and the emerging forms of decentralized economic and commercial organization that have built up around them. We first focus our attention on Bitcoin, the most famous (and infamous) digital currency and the reasons for its rise, as well as the unique challenges it has faced along the way. We then turn to Ethereum, Bitcoin’s closest competitor, and how it broadened the meaning of what constitutes a cryptocurrency, to include self-reinforcing business logic through smart contracts. Along the way, we will see how cryptocurrencies have allowed for fascinating new innovations, but also new methods of criminal activity, from Ponzi schemes to data ransom to dark net market activity. We end with an examination of the attempt by traditional organizations to commercialise the underlying technology behind cryptocurrencies, known as blockchain, watching as traditional business looks to tame the deviant entrepreneurs of the cryptoeconomy.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students will be able to:
(1) Critically assess and analyse the merits of cryptocurrencies and related technologies such as blockchain.
(2) Demonstrate an understanding of how disruptive technologies, such as Bitcoin and blockchain technology, emerge and then later mature in response to a variety of organisational pressures.
(3) Provide strategic and informed recommendations about the prospects of disruptive technologies in a contemporary context.

Indicative Module Content:

Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.  
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Assignments throughout module. Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback delivered with release of grades.

Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Mon 13:00 - 14:50

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