Course Title: Regulation and Governance in the Crypto-Economy

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Regulation and Governance in the Crypto-Economy

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


625H Economics, Finance and Marketing


Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Tutsi Sakutukwa

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5773

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: By email

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed Knowledge:

No prerequisites, however it is strongly recommended that students undertaking this course have previously completed:

Course ID 053816 Law and Policy for Emerging Technologiesor a deemed equivalent.

RMIT expects that you will accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the recommended prior learning before enrolling in a course.

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.  Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information see: Apply for credit

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the regulatory and governance considerations arising from the emergence of blockchain, crypto-assets, distributed ledger technologies and fintech. You will analyse and understand the development of government and industry self-regulation in the face of disruptive technologies and the role of government, industry organisations, practice standards and codes of conduct in general as well as in the specific context of the crypto-economy. You will also consider the challenges to ‘traditional’ regulation and governance models presented by new and massively-disruptive technologies and explore how these challenges are being addressed around the globe.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

CLO1: Explain traditional regulatory and governance approaches to industry sectors impacted by the emerging crypto-economy.

CLO2: Characterise government regulation versus industry self-regulation in general and evaluate their application in the context of emerging technologies.

CLO3:Examine the challenges to regulators presented by new ways of transacting in the crypto-economy.

CLO4: Canvass current local and international approaches to regulation and governance in the crypto-economy.

CLO5: Critically evaluate current approaches to governance and regulation in distributed ledger applications

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

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Links and materials specific to this course are available through the myRMIT Studies/Canvas Course site.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

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.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing. See:

Overview of Assessment

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop:

Assessment Task 1: (30%)

Linked CLO’s: 1, 2

Assessment Task 2: (30%)

Linked CLO’s: 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3: (40%)

Linked CLO’s: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. Feedback for in-course assessment tasks will normally be provided within 10 working days of the deadline for submission of the assessment work or, if a student is granted an extension, within 10 working days of the date when the student submitted the work. 

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to the RMIT Assessment and Assessment Flexibility Policy and procedures.