Early last year NYU became the first major institution to invite its students to take part in a bitcoin related course. Now it looks as though other major institutions are ready to follow suit – the latest being the world renowned Princeton University.
Starting in April 2015, Princeton will commence teaching of a course called “TC-Tech: Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies.” Strangely, the course is listed as not being an official Princeton course on the University’s website – but from what we can tell this is due to the fact that the course will be taught online (via webinars), and is purely an exercise in semantics.
From the University’s official website, the course will focus on the following questions:
How does Bitcoin work? What makes Bitcoin different? How secure are your Bitcoins? How anonymous are Bitcoin users? What determines the price of Bitcoins? Can cryptocurrencies be regulated? What might the future hold for Bitcoin?
Upon completion of the course, students can expect the following:
After this course, you’ll know everything you need to be able to separate fact from fiction when reading claims about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. You’ll have the conceptual foundations you need to engineer secure software that interacts with the Bitcoin network. And you’ll be able to integrate ideas from Bitcoin in your projects.
On top of the course’s one ohuor video webinar sessions, participants will alos be invited to take part in a google hangout session with the lecturer. Confirmed lecturers to date are Arvind Narayanan, Joseph Bonneau, Edward Felten (Princeton University), and Andrew Miller (University of Maryland).
Will you be taking part? Are you involved in the setting up of the course? Let us know!