"My education gave me a solid foundation for a career in the field of Sociology"

What does a sociologist do? Our alumnus Ackson Mwale, now a lecturer at the University of Zambia, studied the Master's Programme in Sociology at Stockholm University. He says the programme opened and broadened his scope of the field of Sociology.

Ackson Mwale.
Ackson Mwale.

What are you doing now?

I am currently working as a lecturer at the University of Zambia. I am teaching research methods, introduction to Sociology and contemporary social problems. In addition to teaching, I am doing consultancy and research work. I am currently doing research on gender based violence, and women’s empowerment.

How did you get to where you are today?

Well, it is a long story. I wanted to be a teacher, but I never thought it would come this early on in my career. After graduating from my undergraduate studies in 2013, I was given the opportunity to work as a tutor at the Department of Social Work and Sociology, University of Zambia. During this time I learnt about the Department of Sociology at Stockholm University through some articles I used to read on various issues especially population processes, political and family sociology.

After spending two years tutoring and working as a research assistant, I applied for the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship for the 2016 Autumn Class. Whilst in Sweden, I was appointed as staff development fellow at the University of Zambia where I started teaching after I graduated from Stockholm University in 2018. Since then, I have been actively involved in teaching, research, and consultancy. 

How did our Master's Programme in Sociology help you realize your professional goals?

This programme opened and broadened my scope of the field of Sociology. It offered a very rich theoretical background and a view of the current happenings in sociological theory. These modules helped me a lot as they acted as a very good foundation for understanding and analysing any contemporary social issue. The modules on methods were my other favourite parts. I have always loved quantitative methods. 

Generally, I would say my education at Stockholm University has given me a solid foundation for a career in the field of Sociology in higher learning institutions. I am so glad I made the decision to go to school there. The experiences I have had at Stockholm University have also shaped my research interests as well as my career path positively. I am currently planning to start my PhD studies.

How did you like living and working in Stockholm?

Wow! Living in Stockholm was awesome. I enjoyed the weather (although in my first year it was quite rough), the people are great although reserved. I lived at Campus Roslagen. The place was so good and offered a very good studying environment. The two years I spent in Sweden moved very fast. I made friends within Stockholm who also showed me around and offered me some nice Swedish treats. Stockholm was nice to me. I am looking forward to visiting and living in the city again.

How come you chose the Department of Sociology and Stockholm University for your master studies?

I first learnt about Stockholm University in 2014. I was really impressed by the Master’s Programme in Sociology, the courses and also the course contents. I am really interested in quantitative methods and after going through the various courses which the Department of Sociology offered, I concluded that for my masters, this was my destination. 

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