Course Title: The Blockchain Economy

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: The Blockchain Economy

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


625H Economics, Finance and Marketing


Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 2 2023,
Sem 1 2024


RMIT University Vietnam


625H Economics, Finance and Marketing


Viet2 2021,
Viet1 2022,
Viet2 2023,
Viet1 2024


RMIT Vietnam Hanoi Campus


625H Economics, Finance and Marketing


Viet3 2021,
Viet2 2022


Singapore Inst of Management


625H Economics, Finance and Marketing


Offsh1 24,
Offsh3 24

Course Coordinator: Dr Sarah Sinclair

Course Coordinator Phone: +61399251329

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Melbourne Campus Building 80

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities



Course Description

This course will introduce you to the economic foundations necessary to understand distributed ledger technology for the economy, markets, firms, government and civil society. You will be introduced to, and apply, institutional cryptoeconomics as a general framework to understand the blockchain economy. The applications of blockchain technology will include money, supply chains, identity, cryptodemocracy and civil society. You will consider some of the political and ethical challenges generated by this new technology, including public policy implications.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

CLO1: Locate blockchain technology fundamentals in an economic, social and political context.

CLO2: Apply institutional cryptoeconomics to blockchain applications.

CLO3: Evaluate the institutional technologies and underlying principles of blockchain to improve organisational performance, and economic coordination and governance.

CLO4: Analyse real world applications of blockchain technology as they resolve economic, social and political problems.

CLO5: Explore ethical and social challenges generated by widespread technology adoption and policy implications.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course is delivered by mixed mode of face-to-face teaching and online learning. There will be a three-hour class per week. You are expected to be an active participant both in class and online. Your learning will be supported through in-class and online activities. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; and producing written work.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period. 

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows.

Assessment Task 1: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2

Assessment Task 2: 30%
Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3: 50% 
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.