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#HYF: Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies Business, Law & IT

#HYF: Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies Business, Law & IT (30 ECT) 


FinTech innovations create a paradigm shift and blockchain technology currently forms the basis of this shift. We offer you the opportunity to become part of this and ready you for a digital future. 

Do you want to learn everything about Blockchain Technology and her socio-economic consequences? Then the Minors ‘Introduction to Blockchain (15 ECT)’ and 'Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies Business, Law & IT (30 ECT)' at the The Hague University are just what you need! 

These Minors, with an average student rating of 9.9, are designed together with experts from the field and various companies. You can therefore immediately put your new knowledge into practice by solving a specific blockchain related issue of an organization. The theory lessons are provided by experts from the professional field and researchers from The Hague University. Classes are held on Thursday’s and Fridays, but are not mandatory.  

The Minor also offers you the opportunity to expand your network through various events with (inter)national guest speakers (inhouse & outhouse events!). Moreover, the previous excelling students quickly found graduation assignments or part time jobs within the world of Blockchain. Perhaps interesting as well is the fact that we offer flexible additional routes which you can follow for free. Think Trading Bootcamps, Coding Bootcamps and Personal & Professional development tracks.  

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 or click on the landing page:  

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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.

#HYF - This minor is part of the Hacking Your Future concept. Three minors that have joined forces, focusing on teaching you new skills for the future. Your future. More information available on:



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.



Specialisation Business, Finance & Control

The student explains the blockchain technology compared with various parts of business (finance, control and management process design, strategy, information analyses) but also at the social level. The student designs / invents / builds a practical application in which a blockchain related practical problem is solved and where an implementation advice is formulated. In other words: the student is able to recognize opportunities and threats within an organization as a result of blockchain technology and is able to provide an organization with advice and, in cooperation with fellow students, to come to a (partial) implementation of the proposal.

1. Providing a contribution to the design of the management control system aimed at the management, control and monitoring of an organization, such that the (strategic) goals are achieved (= LO 2 F&C).

LO 1: the student demonstrates that he / she understands the blockchain technology and its technical, economic and social characteristics. Bloom: apply

2. Advising on the organization of the information provision and business processes aimed at managing risks in an organization (LO 4 F&C)

LO 2: the student applies the technical basic principles of blockchain technology in various practical skills and business processes.

Bloom: apply

3. Selecting and applying appropriate analysis methods aimed at taking the right decisions by an organization (= LO 3 F&C).

LO 3: the student evaluates the socio-economic impact of blockchain technology & ecosystem + LO 4: the student assesses the current blockchain projects that try to solve global problems.

Bloom: evaluate

4. Finance 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), aimed at decision-making that leads to improvement or renewal of practical situations (occupational aspect of research ability F&C).

LO 5: the student applies the characteristics of blockchain technology to the different types of (global) business strategies, models and processes and evaluates possible opportunities and / or threats for an organization.

Bloom: evaluate

5. Finance professionals are advisory. This means, among other things, that they are communicative in word / and writing, also in an international context. Finance professionals are agile because they can reflect on their own actions and their own learning process and, as a result, can adjust their actions (professional-forming aspect professional craftsmanship F&C).

LO 6: The student constructs in groups an advisory plan for an organization with a blockchain related issue.

Bloom: create


Specialisation legal (classes and content are in Dutch!!) (period B)

Blockchain technology is developing infinitely faster than the legal framework, both nationally and internationally. It is important that lawyers know about this technology and participate in the social debate and the development of this technology. Therefore, it is important to train students to become acquainted with the legal issues concerning blockchain and the bottlenecks that are experienced during the final phase of their studies. With the knowledge and insight that students obtain, they are able to view blockchain technology from a legal perspective and are able to know the implications of blockchain technology on the legal sector. In other words; the student knows which legal issues exist around blockchain, what the legal status of smart contracts is, how Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), cryptocurrencies and tokens are legally defined and knows the developments within law regarding blockchain technology.

Legal 1 Juridisch analyseren Niveau 2

Legal 2 Adviseren Niveau 3
Legal 3 Organiseren Niveau 3
Legal 4 Juridisch communiceren N3

LO 14: Students learn which public and private European and Dutch laws and regulations apply to blockchain, smart contracts and cryptocurrencies à legal 1 (Bloom: analyse)

LO 15: Students are able to independently analyze the legal problems with the use of blockchain, smart contracts and cryptocurrencies à legal 1 (Bloom: analyse)

LO 16: On the basis of the legal analysis, students are able to advise companies, citizens and government bodies about possible (legal) risks associated with the use of blockchain, smart contracts and cryptocurrencies and also to offer solutions or solution directions; à Legal 2 and 4 (Bloom: create)

LO 17: Afterwards, students are able to follow the developments in legislation and regulations on the basis of acquired knowledge and insight, and to form and give their own opinion on this à Legal 4 (Bloom: create)

LO 18: Students are able to create an (juridical) overview of workflow and are able to create a smart contract that follow the rules of law and that are efficiently organised à Legal 3 (Bloom: create)

Specialisation IT (period B)

Blockchains will be used within a large number of companies and (government) organisations. Building blockchains requires a broad range of competences, which is why this minor is built in a modular way. One certainly required competence is the IT part, especially begin able to program (for) the blockchain.

From list of qualifications and competences Hbo ICT (based on national framework Hbo-I):

D17: Configuration

LO 7: Students uses the current blockchain architecture to build decentralized applications (Bloom: apply).

B4: Motivated selection of ICT related solutions

LO 8: Student chooses which architecture, from high level and low level architecture, is applicable based on the specific situation (Bloom: evaluate)

B4: Motivated selection of ICT related solutions

LO 9: Student evaluates and selects the building blocks to build decentralised applications (network, cryptographic, generic, project based). Bloom: evaluate.

C9: Designing technical infrastructure

D14: Realisation of software

D16: Realisation and using databases

D17: Configuration

E19: Managing designing processes

LO 10: Student creates a decentralised application by using programming languages, decentralised architecture, programming tools, programming patterns and building blocks (LO 9) Bloom: create.

D15: Testing

LO 11: Students creates and runs automated tests to test their decentralised application. Bloom: create.

C6: Software design

C7: Database design

C11: Human Computer Interaction design

LO 12: Student creates a design of a decentralized application combining the knowledge of ICT and other domains (legal, economic, etc.). Bloom: create.

E18: Managing applications, data, information and technical infrastructure

LO13: Student demonstrates how to deploy the decentralized application, how to deploy nodes, and how to manage keys. Bloom: apply.


You need to pass period A succesfully to be able to enter a specialisation in period B.

 “Period II Legal: successfully complete period I and preferably background in Legal. This specialisation is completely in Dutch”


Required Reading:

  • Mastering Bitcoin – A. Antonopoulos (will be provided)
  • Mastering Ethereum – A. Antonopoulos (will be provided)
  • The Bitcoin Standard – S. Ammous (will be provided)
  • THUAS Blockchain Reader (will be provided)


Recommended Literature

  • Literature and many other sources. Literature list:


Period A (fundamentals)

Lessons will be mostly held during Thursdays and Fridays


Period B (per specialisation)

Legal: Monday & Tuesday

IT:  Monday & Wednesday

Business: Thursday & Friday


1. Small theory tests during class (10%)
2. Students provide a portfolio in which both theoretical assignments and practical skills are tested (50%)
3. Students deliver, in teams of four, an advice to a company that has a blockchain-related problem (40%)

All parts must be finished with > 5.4 to pass this Minor.


The above applies for period A as well as the specialisation in period B.

Aanvullende informatie

Overview Minor Structure