Department: MSc Finance
Module Description: This course aims to provide knowledge about Blockchain and cryptocurrencies' current trends. It covers fundamental areas of Blockchain technology's emergence and further expands to the different digital currencies. Additionally, it critically evaluates existing cryptocurrency platforms and examines the risks and challenges presented by a sea change of disruption. Finally, Blockchain is discussed in terms of Islamic Finance, sustainability, and as a central bank digital currency (CBDC). This module allows students to understand the cryptocurrency context in terms of regulation and compliance and put it in the UAE context.
Arslanian, H. (2022). The book of crypto: the complete guide to understanding bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and digital assets. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.
Munoz, J. M. and Frenkel, M. (eds). (2021). The economics of cryptocurrencies. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
Gayvoronskaya, T. and Meinel, C. (2021). Blockchain : hype or innovation. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
Voshmgir, S. (2020). Token economy : how the web3 reinvents the internet. 2nd edn. Berlin: BlockchainHub Berlin.
Lee, J. (2022). Crypto-finance, law and regulation : governing an emerging ecosystem. London: Routledge.
There is a wide range of material available on the course topics including the following:
Antonopoulos, A. M. (2021). Mastering bitcoin: programming the open blockchain. La Vergne: Stanford.
Mougayar, W. (2016). The business blockchain: promise, practice, and application of the next internet technology. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.
Vigna, P. and Casey, M. (2016). The age of cryptocurrency: how bitcoin and the blockchain are challenging the global economic order. New York, N.Y.: Picador/St. Martin's Press.
Chen, L., Cong, L. W. and Xiao, Y. (2020). A brief introduction to blockchain economics. SSRN.
Muthu, S. S. (ed.). (2022). Blockchain technologies for sustainability. Singapore: Springer.
“Islamic Finance Opportunities at the Blockchain Island” (2019) Islamic Finance Monitor Worldwide.
Banafa, A. (2020). Blockchain technology and applications. Gistrup, Denmark: River.