UNAIR NEWS – Lectures are not always held in the classroom. A learner needs to see firsthand the object of their study. As conducted by fellow students of Political Science study program, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences Universitas Airlangga when visiting Batu City Regional Legislative Council, Tuesday, April 10.
With the goal to verify acquired theories taught in the classroom, 95 students divided into ten groups ask some questions about the empirical condition of public policy implemented in Batu City DPRD.
“Through this visit, students are not just learning public policy theories, but also knowing the difficulty of formulating public policy and understanding the dynamics,” said Erna Setijaningrum S.IP., M.Si. as a lecturer of Administration courses who also followed the visit.
The student visit was welcomed by DPRD Batu City, Bappeda, and Batu City Tourism Office. The event was attended by representatives of DPRD Didik Machmud (Head of Commission C), Sudiono (Head of Commission A), and Asmadi (Head of Commission B). Some representatives of Bappeda also attended, such as Wiwit, Rizky, Saryono, and Chairil Fajar as representatives of Department of Tourism.
“As representatives of the people, we are happy if students enthusiastically explore the activities of DPRD. We will answer any questions and try to learn together, “said Didik.
After the speech, the event continued with a dialogue between students with members of DPRD, Bappeda, and Batu City Tourism Office. In the dialogue, the topic discussed was the policy of Spatial Planning (RTRW) of Batu City 2010-2030.
In turns, students ask questions about politic perspective they analyzed. Harijanti Puspa, a representative of group 2 asked, “What are the impacts of RTRW policy on the growth of Batu City tourism?”
Answering that question, Wiwit said that the existence of RTRW policy categorized areas for tourism and non-tourism. This is based on existing topographic conditions.
“Who influences RTRW policy changes ?,” Adib asked.
“In the policy-making process, we involve relevant stakeholders and the community. It aims to formulate the best on target policy, “said Saryono. “Pros and cons between interest groups always exist in every local regulation. But we are still working on the best solution to overcome the conflict of interest, “he added.
Through this visit, students are expected to know the process of formulation and application of public policy empirically. It is also a lesson for the students of political science to remain objective when facing a conflict of interest. (*)
Author: Aiman Bahalwan (Student of Political Science UNAIR)
Editor: Binti Q. Masruroh