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#web3 - Blockchain Technology & Cryptocurrencies: a deep dive (BTCXL)

The digital world is evolving rapidly. New technological developments are paving the way to a more decentralised internet, also known as ‘Web3.0’. Web3.0 is a user-centric internet, powered by blockchain technology. An internet where the user is in control of their data, information and assets. But what does this mean?

During this minor we will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to successfully roam the world of web3.0. You will become an expert in the field of blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Expect high quality and up-to-date study-material, fun, gamified classes, (inter)national guest speakers, networking opportunities and a flexible study program.

Topics include Bitcoin, Ethereum, Decentralized Finance, NFT’s and so much more. For each of the topics, we dive deep into the technology, the implications and future impact. After completion of the minor you are well on your way to mastering all there is to master in regard to Blockchain Technology!

Joining this minor also gives you access to a vibrant and engaging community where students are able to interact with each-other, lecturers, field experts and organisations, creating a 24/7 learning environment (Discord) Fun fact: students rated this minor higher than a 9.0 on average!

There are two variants of the Blockchain minor, 15 & 30 ECT. Both Minors start simultaneously, so 15 ECT and 30 ECT classes begin together. After ten weeks after the first period, the first students of the 15 ECT variant are finished. Students of the 30 ECT variant then continue with the second part for more profound knowledge, skills, and network. This second part is another ten weeks. 

Of course you are not alone in this expedition! This minor runs via the KOIOS infrastructure, where field experts, researchers, organisations, fellow students and you meet up in online and offline environments. KOIOS also enables you to pick flexible routes, assignments, levels and makes education way more personal and social for you! For more general information, visit, for more information about the blockchain minor visit

Are you curious and do you want to get in touch with us, please contact us via:

Malva Ahmed – -
Jamie Jansen – -

Or find us in the Discord! Join here: 

Classes and content of this course are in English, but official assignments & tests and communication with lecturers outside class can be done in Dutch as well.

"If you are a The Hague University student, you can enroll here"


Block 1. Introduction to Blockchain (15 ECT) 

The multidisciplinary period's main objective is that students can "explain at a detailed level which technological, financial and legal characteristics blockchain technology has. In addition, they can also describe which socio-economic impact these characteristics have on different scales, like regional, national and global. See further up ahead for a more detailed description formulated in learning outcomes.  

Block 2. Deep dive (30 ECT) 

The student explains the blockchain technology compared with various parts of the business (finance, control, and management process design, strategy, information analyses) and at the social level. Then, the student designs / invents/builds a practical application that solves a blockchain-related functional problem and formulates some implementation advice. In other words: on the micro-level, will the student recognize opportunities and threats within an organization as a result of blockchain technology and provide an organization with advice and, in cooperation with fellow students, to come to a (partial) implementation of the proposal. Finally, at the macro-level, we discuss the specific impact and possibilities of blockchain technology on global topics like the SDG and financial systems like the monetary system, global exchange systems, and other systems that transfer value.  

Main outcome of the multidisciplinary period A is that students are able to “explain at a detailed level which technological, financial and legal characteristics blockchain technology has and which socio-economic impact these characteristics have on a national and global scale. Topics per week:

Blockchain first block (15 ECTS)


  • Week 1: 1.1 Ledgernomics 
  • Week 2: 1.2 Blockchain - 1.3 Satoshi's cheat - 1.4 Why care 
  • Week 3: 1.5 Money - 1.6 Ethereum - 1.7 Socio-Economic impact 
  • Week 4: 2.1 DLT - 2.2 Crypto-Flower 
  • Week 5: 2.3 Layers - 2.4 Players - 2.5 Hardware & Software 
  • Week 6: 2.6 Transactions, 2.7 Tokenizing Ecosystems 
  • Week 7: Video assignment
  • Week 8: Project week
  • Week 9: Project week
  • Week 10:  Closing week

Blockchain second block (30 ECTS)


  • Week 1: Disruptive innovation
  • Week 2: Crypto economics 
  • Week 3: Governance
  • Week 4: Decentralized Finance
  • Week 5: Trading & Investment
  • Week 6: Recap
  • Week 7: Video Assignment
  • Week 8: Project week
  • Week 9: Project week
  • Week 10: Closing week


  1. Provide a contribution to the design of the management control system and / or information systems aimed at the management, control and monitoring of an organization, such that the (strategic) goals are achieved.
  2. Selecting and applying appropriate analysis methods aimed at taking the right decisions by an organization.
  3. Professionals can translate practical questions in organizations on the basis of a critical analysis into a concrete knowledge need and answer these with practical, feasible advice or designs (eg product, process, model), focusing on decision making that leads to improvement or renewal of practical situations .
  4. Professionals are advisory. This means, among other things, that they are communicative in word / and writing, also in an international context.

Professionals are agile because they can reflect on their own actions and their own learning process and can adjust their actions accordingly.


Intermediate English. Assignments may be submitted in Dutch. Prior knowledge is not necessary; the Minor takes students from scratch. Experience in project management, process control, strategy, and IT gives the student a possible lead. 


Required Reading:  

  • Mastering Bitcoin – A. Antonopoulos (will be provided) 
  • Mastering Ethereum – A. Antonopoulos (will be provided) 
  • THUAS Blockchain Reader (will be provided) 
  • How to DeFi: Beginner –  Darren Lau, Daryl Lau, Sze Jin Teh (will be provided) 

All are presented per class on   


There are three contact moments of each 4 hours per week. The theory lectures are provided by experts from the professional field and researchers from The Hague University. The theory lectures are held on two days per week but are not mandatory. These lessons will be recorded and are rewatchable.

Teaching method(s): 

Blended learning, classical education, individual assignments, presentations, portfolio's and reports. With use of okenized education. 

Study load:

- Web colleges + tutorials + lectures guest speakers.

- Intensive contact with industry i.e. advisory report.

- Application of blended learning where students prepare the material at home and come to class to discuss the material. In addition, the homework assignments for the portfolio are related to the teaching material.

- We strongly encourage ecosystem learning (on- and offline) via KOIOS.

- Minor is considered to be intensive, but instructive by students.

- Many hours are assigned to the portfolio and the final assignment. It combines theory and authentic experience in the field ("if you want to learn how to ride a bike, you need to hop and make some mileage on the road").


Part of the weekly lesson is reserved for a written test on that week's content. Each block of ten weeks contains a total of five tests, of which four need to be sufficiently completed (>5.5). The 30 ECT minor consists of two blocks, resulting in a total of ten tests. Of these ten tests, at least eight need to be completed to start on the video assignment, which determines the grade. In the video assignments, the student must explain a minimum of two subjects of that block’s curriculum. End product: 8 passed weekly quizzes + final video assignments. (20%)

During the first six weeks of each block, students will work on portfolio assignments in which theoretical knowledge and practical skills are tested. Each week a set of assignments relevant to that week’s content needs to be completed. End product: document containing the completed assignments. (40%)

A field assignment where students work on a real-life blockchain problem. This part is done during the last three weeks of each block. End product: a report containing the findings and a presentation where these findings are shared. (40%)

All three parts must at least score higher than the standard 5.5 rule (in THB). This deviation is necessary because a sufficient understanding of each component is essential ob ee overall knowledge of blockchain technology.

Total Grade: 20% Tests + Video’s, 40% Portfolio, 40% Field assignment.

Aanvullende informatie

30 ECT full-time minor, 2 semesters, starts at the official date of the academic year (beginning September) and halfway (mid-February)