PROFILE AND HISTORY OF SOCIOLOGY UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM
Sociology Undergraduate program stems from sociology course being taught at the Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia. At that time, the Faculty of Social and Political Science has not been established and was still a part of the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (FH-GPA). On September 1, 1962 the sociology undergraduate program was officially established as part of the Social Sciences and started a student enrollment for the preparation level. An important factor that promoted the establishment of this department was the growing recognition of social sciences in the society and academic world in Indonesia.
Sociology as a major gained its autonomous status on February 1, 1968 in conjunction with the establishment of the Faculty of Societal Sciences (FIPK). In 1971 under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Selosoemardjan as its first dean who was also a sociologist, FIPK transformed into the Faculty of Social Sciences (FIS). Then in 1974, the dean Prof. Miriam Budiardjo assigned a name change to the Sociology major into Department of Sociology, which includes Sociology Program, Criminology Program, and Social Welfare Studies Program. Finally each programs developed into an independent departments in managing the activities of higher education in accordance with their respective expertise. Proliferation of each of the study programs requires the Department of Sociology to re-orientate the direction of education that it was heading. Therefore, in 1978 the Department of Sociology manage two new, different educational programs, namely Social Organization Education Program and the Development Studies Program.
Entering the era of globalization and the information society, Sociology Undergraduate Program is constantly trying to adapt to new scientific developments. New courses and course materials are up-to-date with contemporary social problems, lecture system is integrated between programs, lectures evaluation system is more scalable, and integration of cross-disciplinary science through research by community members Sociology in the last five years showed a positive development for future graduates.
Over the past five years the teaching staffs in Sociology Undergraduate Program is some of the strongest group of lecturers in the Faculty of Social and Political Science. A total of 43 teaching staffs in the undergraduate program is composed of 36 permanent and 7 non-permanent lecturers, most of them hold a master’s and doctoral degree. Of the 35 people tenured, 4 of whom are professors with doctoral degree, the other 19 hold doctoral degree, graduating from leading foreign universities such as Chicago, Wisconsin-Madison, Essex, SUNY-Albany, Harvard, Tokyo, Bielefeld, Brown, Swinburne, and the rest earned their doctorate from the University of Indonesia. Besides them, there are 11 faculty members who hold master’s degree from Purdue, Queensland, ANU, and Kent, and the University of Indonesia.
In general, the productivity of the research conducted by academic staffs at the Sociology Undergraduate Program is high enough through the Sociology Study Center/LabSosio UI. The research desire of the teaching staffs remains high and is characterized by, for example, achieving grants at UI level competitions, collaborative research on decentralization and marginalized groups. Currently the Department of Sociology has applied an integrated educational program between the levels of undergraduate, graduate (master’s and doctoral), and LabSosio. It is expected that the management integration of those levels’ resources will be able to provide the chances for students to participate in the educational process so that in time they, too, will improve their academic quality.
The success of higher education programs is influenced by various internal and external factors. One of the important things within the internal aspect which became the “guardian” of the direction, goals, and targets of achievement of an organization is the vision and mission. Therefore, this also the objectives and strategies of development of structures, systems and organizational culture. The creation mechanism of vision, mission, objectives, and achievement strategies that is owned by the Sociology Undergraduate Program in the University of Indonesia is determined in the work meetings conducted by the Department of Sociology. Work meetings are attended by almost all teaching staffs (lecturers), both the permanent and non-permanent to accommodate the aspirations in determining the Department’s direction and its program units for the future, including the undergraduate program.