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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.
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.
This subject is part of the Broadening Horizons course at Oxford Royale Summer Schools’s Cambridge summer school.
The Broadening Horizons course, for students aged 16 to 18, is suitable both for those who are trying to decide what to pursue in further education, and for those who simply want to learn about a variety of interesting subjects: 30+ study options are available!
Students choose two morning classes and one afternoon workshop to provide a diverse and stimulating curriculum that is tailored to their needs, allowing them to pursue areas of interest or try out something new. Students studying Broadening Horizons in Cambridge get the chance to live and learn in a college of the University of Cambridge.
No prior knowledge is expected for this course, but students are expected to have an interest in blockchain technology.
The Broadening Horizons programme - our flagship summer course - allows you to combine different subject options to enable a flexible, tailored programme that best suits your academic needs
To view other options, select your choice of options and apply, please visit the main Broadening Horizons Programme in Cambridge page
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