The authors suggest a non conventional technique of teaching political science. The
idea is to use fi ction in the study of basic topics of political science. The main
purpose of this technique is to develop the creative thinking in students, to teach
them to form their own defi nitions of political processes under the way, to analyze
the causal connections between them, and to fi nd non-standard solutions for problems
of diff erent complexity. To illustrate the use of the technique, the authors describe
exercise sessions in the course ‘Introduction to political science’ taught
to freshmen at the Faculty of Applied Political Sciences at the HSE.