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Blockchain Foundations

Blockchain Foundations

Students will begin by looking into the technical and mathematical details of how the blockchain functions, as well as the other new technologies.

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Course Summary

This academic course explores one of the most exciting and promising technologies of the 21st century, looking into the use and abuse of blockchain technology from multiple different perspectives. Students will begin by looking into the technical and mathematical details of how the blockchain functions, as well as the other new technologies, such as greater data transfer and storage capacities, that have enabled blockchain to become viable.

Following this, they will consider the myriad uses to which this technology can be put, from the positive uses – such as the charities using blockchain to ensure their donations reach the intended recipients, to the negative – such as those who use blockchain technology to enable organised crime. Finally, students enrolled on this course will learn about the societal impact this technology has already had, and the consequences its use may have in the future.

Course Outcomes

What will you get out of the Blockchain Foundations Summer Course?

Blockchain is an emerging technology that governments and policymakers have, in some cases, been slow to respond to. Students will be encouraged to use blockchain as an example of how the technologies of the future may take us by surprise in the ways in which they affect our daily lives, and consider how those in positions of political, social and economic power should best respond to disruptive technology as it appears in future. Students can also analyse the impacts of comparable technologies in the past to forecast where the further development of blockchain could take us.

This cutting-edge course is truly interdisciplinary, covering computer science, politics, sociology, economics and more, all explored and analysed through the lens of blockchain technology. At the end of this course, students will have learned valuable new skills for analysing a complex and novel subject from a multidisciplinary perspective and will thoroughly understand blockchain technology, its uses and its ongoing impact on our society.


No prior knowledge is expected for this course, but students are expected to have an interest in blockchain technology.


Oxford College Accommodation

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 12+, 13-15, 16-18, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1096 (University of Oxford)

Cambridge University Accommodation

  • Location Cambridge
  • Ages Ages: 13-15, 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1209 (University of Cambridge)

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Blockchain Foundations is part of the Broadening Horizons programme.

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