Propaganda in North Korea

Maiken Hollænder Larsen, Andreas Nielsen, Pardeep Singh, Jeff Fausild, Mathies Grosby Vad, Nikoline Juul Pedersen, Sif Alberte Andersen & Jieun Suh

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This study investigates the use of art, propaganda posters in specific, and how it is used as a political gateway by the North Korean government to inspire and influence the population to whom it is exposed, in a particular way. It attempts to examine the background of propaganda, from a historical, social, sociological and psychological vantage point and thus analyze three different posters, each representing the main aspects of the political ideology, Juche. By utilizing a semiotic approach along with a 10-step analysis method developed specifically for propaganda, the main elements of the propaganda posters are disclosed, such as influential color schemes, gender roles and gender representation, as well as the presumed target audience and source of the propaganda. The prominent linguistic aspects are also taken into account. Having already taken into account the notion of intention and interpretation, an assumption on the wanted outcome of the propaganda is executed. The study furthermore deals with the psychological causes and influences, which are inevitably influencing the population of North Korea. By using the Milgram experiment the underlying social and psychological implications are addressed. The historical, political and social dynamics are used in order to establish how the propaganda is influenced and created. Lastly, the study will discuss the notion of Western propaganda, thus comparing it to the previously analyzed North Korean poster (along with North Korean propaganda in general) and debate whether or not it is justifiable to examine North Korean propaganda from a Western perspective.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2015


  • Propaganda
  • North Korea