This Year 1 Global BBA course is an introduction to the study of politics, being taught by Assistant Professor Wakako Maekawa. In order to analyze various political events in the world and to grasp their influence and outreach on everything else (businesses in particular as the students are studying business administration), it is important to understand the basic concepts and theories of politics. Using cases with both current topics in the world and historical contexts will help students apply and view the concepts from various perspectives.
On Week 2, students explored the concept of Representation, Elections and Voting. Particularly, there are two types of election systems: Majoritarian System and Proportional Representation System. The former is when the party with the largest amount of support is able to win an overwhelming majority or all the seats, denying adequate or even any representation by minorities. The latter tries to solve this unfairness to make all votes contribute to the final result by giving the different parties a proportionate number of seats according to the percentage of support received.
Through the case, students discussed the advantages and disadvantages of the two election systems which were adopted in New Zealand and Iraq respectively. Under the guidance of Dr. Maekawa, students compared and discussed the different impact and cause of the two systems. It is important for undergraduate students, who usually become of age to vote in their respective countries, to apprehend the differences between electoral systems so that they are able to think critically of election results (whether it’s regional or national, in their home country, country of residence or elsewhere).