Loyola University Chicago

Chicago Center

Chicago: Growth of a Metropolis

Course Description

This sociology course introduces students to the development of Chicago and its communities from the 1830's to the present day. Included in regular coursework, students will visit public places, neighborhoods, museums, as well as meet residents of the city.  They will also read, speak, and write about those experiences to learn from them in depth. By the end of the course, students will better appreciate and understand Chicago, as well as improve their communication skills and strengthen their commitment to justice in a contemporary American metropolis. Students will leave the course equipped to understand the Chicago region, its residence, and the contemporary social landscape.

Spring 2019 Syllabus


Chicago: Growth of a Metropolis is taught by Professor Alma Begicevic.  Alma graduated with a B.A. from Loyola University Chicago, a M.A. from the University of Chicago (main concentration International Law and Human Rights) and a PhD at the University of Melbourne, Australia (main concentration Law and Society). Prior to teaching, she represented the U.S. Government as the Senior Human Rights Advisor with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Alma has over two decades of human rights and teaching experience. She teaches sociology and loves exploring the hidden gems of Chicago, its neighborhoods, communities and beautiful people. In her free time, she likes to paint. 

Sample Site Visits:

  • Chicago History Museum
  • Ride Along the CTA
  • Chicago Food Tour
  • Chicago Neighborhood Walks 
  • Chicago Jazz and Blues Fieldtrip
  • Pilsen Neighborhood Public Art Tour

Chicago Food Tour - Portillo's Stop

 Pilsen Neighborhood Public Art Tour