Dubois coined the term incursion, for an inclusive or implicit recursion, to describe a discrete‐time anticipatory system which computes its future states by reference to its future states as well as its current and past states. In this paper, we look at a model which has been proposed in the context of a social system which has functionally differentiated subsystems. The model is derived from a discrete‐time compartmental SIS epidemic model. We analyse a low order instance of the model both in its form as a recursion with no anticipatory capacity, and also as an incursion with associated anticipatory capacity. The properties of the incursion are compared and contrasted with those of the underlying recursion.