Current lecturing standards do not provide much learning space for students to know and fully understand the situation, dynamics and variety of social problems that surround them. The jargon of students as agents of change needs to be questioned, while many universities are increasingly uprooted and distant from social problems in society.
The above idea appeared as the opening discussion for the social analysis class at Infest Sekolah Sore (Afternoon School) (11/20/17). AB. Widyanta, as the teacher of the social analysis class, appreciated the enthusiastic participants who participated in the alternative study room in the form of the Sekolah Sore program, run by Infest until January 2018. Systematically AB. Widyanta explained what is analysis ?, what is social ?, what is social analysis ?, basic characteristics, important elements, benefits, limitations, as well as methods of applying social analysis to address various problems in the community.
“Stimmung (in Heidegger’s terms), or a gesture of unrest and critical perspective, became the basic capital for social activists to analyze social situations in society, because things that appear to be common sense are often generalisations and only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to social problems in the community, for example, the general assumption that Jogja is a safe student city, friendly, peaceful, friendly, etc., when examined more deeply can be seen as also holding various problems from delinquency, to land conflicts, to poverty. As such, social analysis can be a useful tool to explore the roots of these problems, “AB. Widyanta explained.
In addition to the presentation of material, the social analysis learning classes also enlivened discussion by presenting various examples of both experiences and cases they found when interacting with the community. Krisna (34), one of the Sekolah Sore participants explained the difficulties of being a mediator between the community and the government in relation to land dispute cases.
“Keep in mind that social analysis is not value-free, it must take sides, and in our context as students and social activists, the responsibility to realize social welfare and social justice is inherent, if those two values are harmed and disturbed by capital’s power or interests, then the position of the people who have had their rights deprived must be clear” confirmed AB. Widyanta.
Understanding context, having rich perspectives, as well as provisions of knowledge, will be the capital for social activists to play a role in breaking down the social problems that exist in society. AB. Widyanta closed the session by reaffirming the Javanese philosophy of “diwulang kahanan” or learning from situations as a way for social activists to forge themselves, and become agents of change in the surrounding environment.
“Changes does not have to be macro, but from micro-changes, we can participate little by little to break down social problems in society, from now on avoiding doing work that is only oriented towards achieving direct outputs, as social work must move to achieve change, not just become an event organizer, working from one activity to another, without measuring cachievements or changes. ” concluded Muhammad Irsyadul Ibad, Director of Infest as he closed the social analysis class session.
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