Term of Award

Spring 2015

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Social Sciences (M.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

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Creative Commons License
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Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Committee Chair

Darin H. Van Tassell

Committee Member 1

Barry J. Balleck

Committee Member 2

Thomas Dolan


The political prison camps of North Korea are blatant violations of human rights within the state. They have recently received international attention within the United Nations General Assembly and the United Nations Security Council. This paper examines these political prison camps through Kenneth Waltz’s levels of analysis in order to better understand the existence of these camps.

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