Instructors

Gregory La Blanc Dawn Song Adam Sterling
Gregory La Blanc Dawn Song Adam Sterling
Lecturer, Haas Business School Professor, EECS Executive Director, Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy

Project Mentors

Min Du Jian Liu Alexis Persson
Min Du Jian Liu Alexis Persson
Postdoc, EECS Postdoc, EECS J.D. Candidate, Berkeley Law

Lectures

Time: Monday 6:00–8:00 pm

Location: Lectures in Chou N570, Guest Panels in Boalt 110

Office Hours

bCourses

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Registration for Special Guest Lectures

On 2/25, 4/1, and 4/29, class will consist of a panel of esteemed guest speakers, chaired by one of our instructors, to speak on a selected special topic. These guest lectures are open to the public, so if you wish to attend but are not enrolled in the class, please register here.

Course description

Blockchain is one of the most significant technologies to impact law and business in many years. Blockchain is also one of the most interdisciplinary areas, bringing together new questions and opportunities at the intersection of technology, business and law. This course is designed to employ this interdisciplinary nature. We will provide an overview of the technology behind blockchain and explore current and potential real-world applications in technology, business, and law.

Syllabus

Date Location Topic Readings Talk Deadlines
01/28 Chou N570 What is Money – Setting the Stage for Bitcoin and Blockchain (LaBlanc)
02/04 Chou N570 Technical Primer on Blockchain (Guest Lecture - Max Fang)
02/11 Chou N570 Payment Systems (LaBlanc)
02/18 No Class – Presidents' Day
02/25 Boalt 110 Guest Panel on Payments (Chaired by LaBlanc)
03/04 Chou N570 Technical Primer on Blockchain Part Two (Guest Lecture - Max Fang)
03/11 Chou N570 New Venture Finance, Cryptocurrencies, and Regulation (Sterling)
03/18 Chou N570 New Venture Finance, Cryptocurrencies, and Regulation Part Two (Sterling)
03/25 No Class – Spring Recess
04/01 Boalt 110 Guest Panel on ICOs and Crytpofinance (Chaired by Sterling)
04/08 Chou N570 Smart Contracts, Security, and Privacy (Song and Cheng)
04/15 Chou N570 Smart Contracts and Supply Chains (LaBlanc)
04/22 Chou N570 Issues from an Economist and Regulators' Perspective (Zhiguo He)
04/29 TBD Guest Panel on Enterprise Blockchain (Chaired by LaBlanc)
05/06 Chou N570 Final Presentations
05/13 Chou N570 Final Exams

Class format and project

This is a lecture, discussion, and project oriented class. Each lecture will focus on one of the topics, including a survey of the state-of-the-art in the area and an in-depth discussion of the topic. Each week, students are expected to complete reading assignments before class and participate actively in class discussion.

Students will also form project groups (6 people per group: 2 from EECS, 2 from Haas, 2 from Boalt) and complete a high-impact class project. The final project/deliverable will be small team presentation on a new application of blockchain (with a legal and business analysis). Finally, students will take a final examination that surveys the issues addressed in the course.

Supplemental Reading

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies - Free introductory book available on website

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there space in this class? As of now, all seats in the class have been filled.

Can I audit the class? Unfortunately, space constraints keep us from allowing students to audit the class. Some guest panels will be open to the public—to attend, please register here.