Dean’s Welcome Remarks

The Faculty of Social Science is one of the five (5) faculties at Chancellor College in the University of Malawi that brings together staff from a wide range of fields within social sciences. The faculty is comprised of six (6) departments of Economics (DOE), History, Political and Administrative Studies (PAS), Population Studies, Psychology, and Sociology. The faculty also hosts the Centre for Social Research (CSR) and the Centre for Conflict Resolution and Management.

Global and national development strategies and plans such as the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) evolve around people. An analysis of the 17 global sustainable development goals and the six thematic areas and the nine priority areas of the MGDS II shows that both global and national development goals are about improving the lives of people. It is therefore clear that we cannot develop any useful policy and we cannot come up with any useful technologies without using social sciences in which the aspirations and expectations of the population are expanded. The faculty of social science therefore comes at the centre of all development efforts by creating and sharing knowledge about the behaviour of people and how these behaviours and interactions inform policy and practice. These are achieved through different academic programmes that are offered by the faculty as well as research outputs that target both the national and international audience.

At the Faculty of Social Science, we achieve this by:

  • Producing, promoting, and providing economics knowledge relevant to the development of Malawi and the developing world;

  • Creating and sharing knowledge about past economic, political, social activities of human beings and how they can inform us of the likely present activities;

  • Producing and sharing knowledge about effective models and principles of leading and managing people in organisations, communities;

  • Generating and sharing knowledge about population dynamics, management and control;

  • Creating and providing knowledge in various levels of analysis and methodological approaches used in the study of human behaviour as it relates to the wellbeing of individuals, organisations and the country; and

  • Create and share tools and insights that are used to address complex issues and problems encountered in social institutions and organizational settings.

 Vision

To be a beacon of social science education and research for sustainable development in Malawi and beyond.

Mission

To create and share knowledge in the social sciences through teaching, research, consultancy and outreach activities as a response to the current and emerging needs of Malawi and beyond.

Core Values

  • Commitment

  • Academic freedom

  • Integrity

  • Professionalism

  • Accountability

  • Innovation

  • Teamwork

  • Responsiveness

  • Diversity

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About Chancellor College

Chancellor College is the largest among the constituent colleges of the University of Malawi. Ever since its establishment, the college has produced graduates who have gone on to become leaders in various sectors of Malawian society.

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