The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is offering a new online certificate course, “Cryptocurrency Investment and Disruption”, taught by Dr Carsten Sørensen, Associate Professor of Information Systems and Innovation. LSE is offering the six week course with no prerequisites for only £1,800 GBP and advises students to budget seven to ten hours per week for course work.

The course aims to follow LSE’s motto, “To Understand the Causes of Things”, by teaching students how to interact with cryptocurrency exchanges, how to use wallets, and how to evaluate the analytics of ICOs. The course will also explore how cryptocurrencies “will shape the future of money, markets and industries”.

The course description also highlights that it is “certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service” as well as the standard financial disclosure that “you will not be given cryptocurrency investing advice, or investment or financial advice of any nature.” The London School of Economics now joins a growing list of schools that are offering some form of cryptocurrency classes, including Arizona State University, Cambridge, NYU, Northwestern, Stanford, Wharton, Georgetown, and more. Growing interests in cryptocurrencies The growing academic interests in cryptocurrencies originate from student demand, as well as employer demand, since there is a shortage of knowledgeable cryptocurrency workers.

However, a natural challenge to traditional universities offering cryptocurrency courses is that the sector evolves very quickly, which can make a specific course and its reading materials outdated before the class even ends. This constant and fast evolution forces universities and students to become actively involved in the sector so they can continuously stay up-to-date with the latest developments.

Thus, the growing academic popularity signals a long-term interest in cryptocurrencies and how it will impact the future, not just of money and technology, but also of potential jobs. A parallel to the rise in demand for cryptocurrency courses can be drawn to general coding. Read more from…

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