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North Korean Society and Culture

The course discusses major aspects of North Korean society and culture from the perspective of dynamic transformation, arguing against the dominating mass media images of the Democratic Peoples’s Republic of Korea as a unique, exceptional and stagnating country.

The course will delineate the most important periods of socio-political and cultural changes since the Korean nation‘s liberation from Japanese Colonial power up to the present-day Democratic Peoples’s Republic of Korea.

The transformative processes in the DPRK will be studied in the context of post-colonial discourse, (post-)socialist/communist development, state-led market liberalization and nationalism.

The course is expected to facilitate a better understanding of current developments in the DPRK and grasping their dimension and complexity.


  • Course structure

    The course consists of one module, 7.5 credits.


    Teaching format

    The teaching is in the form of lectures and seminars. The language of instruction in English.

    Attendance at all classes is mandatory.

    Course planning and resources

    Course details, planning and literature for Spring 23 can be found in the learning platform Athena

    Please note that only registred students have access to downloadable resources, like PDF documents, in Athena.


    The course is examined through a take-home exam.


    Sonja Häussler

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Contact

    Do you have questions about the course?

    Student Councelor:

    Director of Studies:
    Johan Fresk
    Room 107, Kräftriket 4B
    Phone: 08-16 36 20