30115. Conflict Theory and Aikido. The practice of aikido offers a contemporary exemplar for dealing with conflict which has creative applications in many spheres. This course introduces the theory and practice of aikido together with literature on conflict by economists, sociologists, psychologists, and philosophers. We ask: what is conflict? What forms does it take? Is conflict good or bad? What are the sources, dynamics, and consequences of social conflict? How can conflict be controlled? Physical training on the mat will complement readings and discussion. Autumn. Levine.