In Preparation of Open Session for Doctoral Promotion

Today, as a doctoral candidat of International Relations, in verge of Open Session for Doctoral Promotion, everyhting has been well prepared particularly the dissertation and all supervisor and examiner.

Main task of a candidat or is called promovendus is to answer all questions regarding the dissertation has been submitted and corrected. However, due to first time open session is applied, of course not an easy job. Dissertation research content should be in grasp both analytical, methodological and also what is the novelty of research. (to be continued)

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Scientific Method

Scientific method basicly is part of our life. Almost all human being are doing scientific movement. W can understand if we look at everyday activities. Prof  Judistira in his book – Metoda Penelitian Kualitatif – describes that an individual for example has a plan to go to a city like Bandung. He or she could have a starting point like a home. He or she decides to go by means of vehicle. He or she act as a plan. These activities similar with scientific act. Therefore scientif method as Prof Judistira mention to quote Bernard s Philips that : a way of collecting, processing and communicating information based on activities designed to increase existing information. That’s it !


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Basic Text of International Relations

In a lecture plan with a Title Theories o International Relations from London School, I Notice some of basic text for this subject.
It is interesting that International Relations in UK has unique with basic text in US. Author of these books below shows that they are British international relations academician. This can be interpreted that London School learn from British expert in order to introduce theories of international relations.

• Chris Brown and Kirsten Ainley, Understanding International Relations 4th edition, (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) – organised usefully around issues/topics rather than ‘ism’s’.

• Scott Burchill et al (eds.), Theories of International Relations 4th edition (London: Palgrave, 2009) – solid ‘ism’-based textbook pitched at quite a high level. Includes chapters on subjects such as historical sociology, international political theory and green politics as well as the usual suspects.

• Patrick Jackson, The Conduct of Inquiry in International Relations (London: Routledge, 2010) – especially useful for the first part of the course (‘doing’ theory)and the third section on philosophy of science. Three useful (although more expensive) reference texts would also be worth tracking down:

• Martin Griffiths (ed.), Encyclopaedia of International Relations and Global Politics(London: Routledge, 2007) – comprehensive contributions on a wide range of subjects.
• Walter Carlsnaes, Thomas Risse and Beth Simmons (eds.), Handbook of International Relations, 2nd edition (London: Sage, 2012) – wide-ranging in scope and containing some important, if often complex, contributions from leading thinkers in the field.
• Christian Reus-Smit and Duncan Snidal (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of International Relations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010) – as with the Carlsnaes et al handbook, a wide-ranging book containing some important contributions.

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Visiting The Essex University


Library is a paradise for postgraduate student

It is quite interesting that a university in The United Kingdom, such as The Essex University, put all resource in a library. The big library is located in central place of university. The building consists of seven floors at least with full of book every floor. This is again show a principle in higher education that library is heart of a university. Library is central of education in a higher education institution. I see myself not only books in many shelves but I believe there are many digital form of books including journals. The Library can be say as paradise for postgraduate students from around the world. Students no need to spend money for buying books. Almost all text books and journals are available.

As a note, I visited Essex University last November to see my son Zakaria study electrical engineering for undergraduate level.

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Latest Debate on International Relations

To understand state of International Relations today, a website like could give new perspective. The website discuss opinion and suggestion several leading writer on this discipline.

On who influence Kenneth W Waltz he says: I suppose Hans Morgenthau in the modern period has been more widely influential than any other single author. And I was influenced by him, surely, as most people were.

As general knowledge among readers of International Relations, Realism is remain dominant in school of though. Reasons are some practical policy in international politics such in Syria and Iraq influenced by desire to get power, policy makers make their formulation are also based on power politics and leading academician expand realism school of though.

That is why apart from conflict in Middle East and even in Korean Peninsula, Realism view show strong character.

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Function of Knowledge

To understand why certain intelectual very much involve in developing science including social science, it is important to understand function of knowledge. Based on lecture by Prof Djadja Saefullah, to quote Fred Kerlinger, regarding function of knowledge.

a.The static view à an activity that contributes systematized information to the world

b.The dynamic view à an activity of what scientist do à a heuristic view à a discovery emphasis à serving to discover or reveal new theory à scientific research

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Back to Academic Life

After for more two decade absent from academic life, 2016 is historical moment for me. As graduate of FISIP Unpad in 1998, I embarked a career in media. And after three years, I had opportunity to continue study in Birmingham, United Kingdom to get master degree in International Relations at University of Birmingham. Now I am back to campus to see my senior colleagues in academic world for more learning. All memories for Fisip Unpad Campus in Dago back to my mind.

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Blog by Unpad will enhance horizon of our academic life.

Selamat datang di Blog Universitas Padjadjaran.

Unpad, particularly, postgraduate school, full with profesional equip by depth knowledge and even wisdom. These world is essential in modern life now. This has already proved in Western Hemisphere. Modern society should be developed by scientific thing rather than by speculative thinking. I believe the intellectuals in Unpad will share and give benefit for humankind not only few of students. Simple blog like this can be treated as small step to share knowledge from group of guru.

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