Fall 2013

The Cross-Cultural Construction of Gender

Formerly listed as: WAGS-11


Khary O. Polk (Section 01)
Martha Saxton (Section 01)


This course introduces students to the issues involved in the social and historical construction of gender and gender roles from a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspective. Topics change from year-to-year and have included women and social change; male and female sexualities including homosexualities; the uses and limits of biology in explaining human gender differences; women’s participation in production and reproduction; the relationship among gender, race and class as intertwining oppressions; women, men and globalization; and gender and warfare.

Fall semester. Professors Saxton and Polk.

WAGS 100 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM CHAP 101
Th 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM CHAP 101

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
A Doll's House Prestwick House Ibsen Amherst Books TBD
Property Vintage Martin Amherst Books TBD
The Pickup Penguin Gordimer Amherst Books TBD
The Hungry Tide Mariner Books Ghosh Amherst Books TBD
Harvest Aurora Metro Press Padmanabhan Amherst Books TBD
Fun Home Mariner Books Bechdel Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020