Learn more about decentralized finance. Understand the infrastructure of decentralized finance, assess opportunities in this space, and screen out ideas that are likely to fail.

DeFi and the Future of Finance is a four-course learning experience. DeFi, or Decentralized Finance, is a new technology whereby users interact as peers with algorithms or smart contracts rather than through traditional intermediaries such as banks, brokerages, or insurance companies.  Technology has the potential to transform finance as we know it. It solves key problems in traditional finance, such as lack of inclusion, inefficiency, opacity, centralized control, and lack of interoperability.

  • The first course, DeFi Infrastructure, focuses on the historical evolution of decentralized finance and the problems that DeFi solves.
  • The second course, DeFi Primitives, deals with mechanics, supply and ownership, and loans and swaps.
  • The third course, DeFi Deep Dive, explores the leading protocols, including MakerDAO, Compound, Aave, Uniswap, and dYdX.
  • The fourth course, DeFi Risks and Opportunities, analyze the key risks, including smart contract risk, governance risk, scaling as well as regulatory issues. The final part of the course sketches a vision of finance in the future, including the winners and the losers.

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by AG Jul 7, 2022
The instructor was perfect, and the material provided in the course was really good. I suggest this course for people who are interested in Crypto.

by LH Jul 7, 2022
Great course for getting an idea of the basics of the DeFi landscape

by AA Jan 17, 2022
Amazing course specialization! Take all four of these courses. Up to date as of early 2022, unlike the Consesnys course I took before this one.


Dec 30, 2021

Excellent overview of the opportunities and risks of DeFi as of the end of 2021. I look forward to helping define the future of DeFi based on the understanding gained from these courses.


Jul 7, 2022

The instructor was perfect, and the material provided in the course was really good. I suggest this course for people who are interested in Crypto.



By Mike M

Dec 23, 2021

Excellent course! Highly recommended. I took this course as part of the four-course specialization. Professor Harvey does an excellent job explaining many nuances to DeFi.

He uses a combination of PowerPoint, visuals, analogies, and case studies to make the content understandable. The professor teaches with clarity and passion yet treats the subject fairly offering alternative points of view about the opportunities and risks of DeFi as compared to the current financial system.

I have introduced to the cryptocurrency and DeFi space a little over six months ago. Since then, I have “fallen down the rabbit hole,” so to speak, and cannot learn enough about it. These courses provide a strong foundation to explore further personal investing and or a career in the space.

Unlike the other courses I took on Coursera related to blockchain and cryptocurrencies (which were also pretty good), these courses felt much more up-to-date than the others—being up to date in this space is essential because one year is like ten years of another field in terms of innovation and how fast the landscape changes.

Specific to this course, it was really helpful to understand a broad overview of the opportunities and risks involved in the DeFi space both as an individual and as a society. I appreciated the passionate call the action at the end of the course. Though I am watching the course through a screen, it felt authentic and inspiring. I am sure many people will be positively impacted because this course is made available online.



Cam Harvey

Cam Harvey

Professor of Decentralized Finance


Campbell R. Harvey is a Professor of Finance at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He served as President of the American Finance Association in 2016. Professor Harvey obtained his doctorate at the University of Chicago in business finance. He has served on the faculties of the Stockholm School of Economics, the Helsinki School of Economics, and the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. He has also been a visiting scholar at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Harvey has received eight Graham and Dodd Awards/Scrolls for excellence in financial writing from the CFA Institute. He has published over 150 scholarly articles on investment finance, emerging markets, corporate finance, behavioral finance, financial econometrics, and computer science. Harvey is a Founding Director of the Duke-CFO Survey. This widely watched quarterly survey polls over 1,500 CFOs worldwide. Harvey serves as Partner and Senior Advisor at Research Affiliates, LLC, which oversees over $180 billion in client funds and is an Investment Strategy Advisor to Man Group plc, the world’s largest, publicly listed, global hedge fund provider. Harvey edited The Journal of Finance – the leading scientific journal in his field and one of the premier journals in the economics profession from 2006-2012. Over the past seven years, Professor Harvey has taught “Innovation and Cryptoventures” at Duke University, focusing on decentralized finance. John Wiley and Sons recently published his book, DeFi and the Future of Finance. His publications can be found at http://people.duke.edu/~charvey/research.htm.

Decentralized Finance (DeFi) Deep Dive
DeFi and the Future of Finance is a set of four courses that focus on decentralized finance. The third course is called DeFi Deep Dive. You must do the first two courses I. DeFi Infrastructure and II. DeFi Primitives before doing this course. It is the longest of the four courses and focuses on some of the leading protocols in the DeFi space. We will look at Credit and Lending (and feature MakerDAO, Compound, and Aave), Decentralized Exchange with an analysis of how protocols like Uniswap and Balancer works, Derivatives (featuring Yield Protocol, dYdX and Synthetix), and Tokenization with an analysis of Set Protocol as well as wrapped bitcoin. We include detailed examples of how the mechanics work for many of these leading protocols. For example, we show how to use a dYdX flash swap to execute an arbitrage transaction (take advantage of different prices on different exchanges for the same asset).
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