For the second consecutive year, BA Honours International Tourism Management and BA Honours International Politics students travelled to Rome, Italy, during their independent study week as part of the fieldwork component for their second year research methods modules. The goal of these modules is to equip students with a real-world understanding of the research process and the skills to conduct their own scientific research.
During the fieldwork trip, the group visited several of Rome’s iconic historical sites with expert guides including the Vatican, St Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon. Additionally, students dedicated time to their independent research projects, for which, students employed a range of research methods learned during the previous term. The Tourism group focused on a range of interesting research questions around the topics of Sustainable Tourism, Urban Tourism, Heritage and Culture. International Politics students focused on issues of Security and Tourism in Rome.
Lasisi Latifat Abisoye, a second year BA Honours International Tourism Management student shared: “What I liked the most about doing research in Rome is that you can discover new places and people. The experience gave meaning to research work. It was a wonderful experience.” Selina Ikramullah, BA Honours International Politics student added: “The research we conducted in Rome allowed us to engage in work and leisure simultaneously, proving to be both educational and entertaining.”
Dr. Cody Morris Paris, Associate Professor and Deputy Director of Middlesex University Dubai, and Dr. Belisa Marochi, Senior Lecturer in International Relations accompanied and guided the students on their field work. Dr. Cody Morris Paris is a large proponent of international experiential learning opportunities, particularly for developing research and analytical skills. He has led the international research field trip programme each of the past six years at Middlesex University Dubai with the support of colleagues from both the Tourism and Law & Politics programmes. Past Field work trips have included visits to Rome, Ghana and Singapore.
Dr. Cody Morris Paris, who has also previously led and developed international study programmes to Australia, Fiji, Dubai, Austria, Holland, and the Caribbean, notes that “conducting real world research in the field, and employing the skills and knowledge gained in classroom is an invaluable part of the learning experience. Experiential learning through real world practice and reflection allows students to actualize their understanding, recognize and address practical challenges in conducting research, and also gain the confidence to undertake their own research in the future, including post-graduate studies.”